Design for Life: How can I help my teenage son cope with anxiety?

This week, Dr Harry Barry helps a dad whose son is experiencing performance anxiety on the football pitch

27th June, 2021
Design for Life: How can I help my teenage son cope with anxiety?
Adolescents are especially prone to anxiety, embarrassment or shame, and so much of their actions or behaviours are in turn a response to these emotions

Dear Expert,

I’m getting in touch about my son. He’s a very talented teenage footballer, but he struggles with pre-match nerves. Sometimes he has gone off in the middle of a match with injuries, which he’s confessed to me privately haven’t been as bad as he’s made them look. Although his coach hasn’t been told, I would say that he suspects it. As a dad, I feel very helpless about what to do....

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