When a loved one is ill, teenagers typically want to get a complete picture of the situation, but may not be able to share their own feelings. Self-consciousness and a desire for privacy might look like lack of concern.
Teenagers typically want a lot of information about their loved one’s illness and have a greater understanding of what happening in terms of their loved one’s condition. However, teenagers may be reluctant to talk about it as they may find it hard to talk to you or show how they are feeling.
Teenagers are very aware of how they are different from their peers. Their self-consciousness and desire for privacy may display itself as a lack of concern for their loved one. Teens may struggle with feeling embarrassed because of their loved one’s condition or changes in their loved one’s physical appearance.
Teens who are seeking independence and relationships apart from their family may feel frustrated by renewed family responsibilities or feel guilty about continuing to seek independence while loved one is ill. Teens, like school-agers, may see emotional anxiety show up as physical symptoms, such as headaches, loss of appetite or not being able to sleep.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/01/2019.
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