Smart Phone Addiction in Teenagers

Is your teenager addicted to their SmartPhone?

If the answer to this question is YES, then please understand that you are not on your own.

Does your teenager get panicky when they can’t find their phone or they are denied access to it?

Is it the Smart Phone itself or the Apps that they are addicted to such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter?

TikTok is very addictive as it is easy to access. It only needs the thumb to scroll up very quickly to find videos that are short and which gives you “mini-stories”, it helps youngsters to stay in the trend and the content is always fresh and the algorithm means that they only see videos that TikTok think will interest them. This is so clever but can be destructive too.

These are questions that we must ask ourselves now. Lockdown has prompted all of us, including our teenagers, to check and re-check our phones for Social Media and news and it has been reported that, even before lockdown, teenagers would be checking their phones every 10-12 mins.

During lockdown, media coverage and social media discussions have played an enormous part in searching for news in our concern about coronavirus and some people have found this news difficult to cope with, especially teenagers.  When walking down the road, I have seen young people on their phones and not looking where they are going. I have to move out of the way. They are usually on Social Media and interacting with their friends. Did you know that phone addiction in youngsters is actually worse than drug use and each time they use their phone, they are receiving a “hit” of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that acts as a “reward” and makes you feel good.

Their mental wellbeing has been and is being affected by all this bad news, and yet, they still need to know about it and still need to talk to their “besties” about it through Social Media.

It’s vital to look after their wellbeing, but for these teenagers and youngsters who are dependant on their phones, it can be tricky. Their lives are going at speed and they cannot switch off. They are dependant on their “besties” and being confined and away from them has caused a much greater need for sociability and acceptance.

With Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy, I can help them to see that there is a need to switch off, to find other outlets for their energy and to discover why they are so addicted to their Smart Phones.  Parents, give me a call to discuss.

Covid-19 – How has it affected you?

This is my first blog for 2020.  Many apologies and I can only say that since the beginning of 2020, I have been very busy with clients and then in March – BOOM.  Covid-19 has left me depleted with having to close my Therapy Room, only work with clients via Zoom and, more importantly, lose some of my clients as they were unable to attend Therapy sessions any more.

How has Covid-19 affected you?  So many of my friends have had to be furloughed or lost their jobs.  So many of my friends have had to do home-schooling whilst working from home.  So many of my friends have seen loved ones taken away from them through Covid-19 and so many of my friends have experienced stress and anxiety since lockdown on 23rd March, 2020.

Our Primitive Brains have been working in overdrive since Covid-19 started and we have been in lockdown.  This brain is wanting to keep us safe and so it comes alive to help us to deal with any situations that might harm us.  The only issue is that our Primitive Brains do not know when to stop and we are unable to get them to stop as our Hypocampus, full of emotions and memories, are bringing up all sorts of unwanted emotions and thought patterns.  It’s a case of using our Intellectual Mind, our left pre-frontal cortex to take control in time of crisis, emotional overload and negative thought patterns.

As we are now coming out of lockdown, how has it been for you and how have you coped with all the situations that you have had to face?  I always ask my clients to look at 3 gratitudes per day, even when the Primitive Brain is in control, wanting to save us from ourselves.  Have you taken time to just sit and listen to your emotions and to understand what is going on that is taking you to a level of unconsicous thought patterns which bring you down?

Please just remember that our Primitive Brain has been looking after us for millions of years.  It is there to do its job, however, our Intellectual Mind is what we need to help us through this time.  When we use our Intellectual Mind, we can think positively, intellectually and creatively about our negative emotions and put these emotions in their place to not let them dominate our lives.

Let’s get back to “normality” as quickly as we can and always keep positive even when we are feeling negative.

 

 

 

My Story

My story and how and the power of solution-focussed hypnotherapy influenced me.

I’ve always been interested in therapy and, throughout my career, have always worked with people so understanding them has been one of my life’s passions.

I experienced Solution-Focussed Hypnotherapy for myself when I had a fear of flying. We didn’t talk about my fear but after 6 sessions, I took my flight to Bangkok with no problem!

Many people don’t want to, can’t or aren’t able to delve into their past and discover what happened to bring them to where they are today and solution-focussed hypnotherapy doesn’t require that because it uses the present and the future only.

The present:
What would you like to change?

The future:
What would you like to change it to?

The sessions begin with a lesson about the mind – how the subconscious and conscious minds work and how we can disrupt and repair patterns or thought processes that are causing you problems.

We look at what it is you’d like to change and how your life will be once that change has been made.

Crucially, I track your progress using a simple questionnaire so that together, we can see progress being made or address any dips to re-route us for our next session.

I usually recommend between six-eight sessions for my clients so that we can start to make progress together and then maintain it too.

Ask me about my free one-hour consultation today.