When treating an adolescent with anxiety, working with the parents is often an important part of the treatment. Helping them understand how the anxiety is manifested and how to respond appropriately to it, is key to success.
Giving parents concrete, specific ways to talk and interact with the adolescent is part of treatment. Getting specific about goals for the family, not just the adolescent, is an essential focus.
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.“. – Bill Bullard