Adolescence is a time when most individuals feel vulnerable to social and academic pressures, putting teens at an increased risk of developing unhealthy compulsive behaviors that too often lead to poor mental health and substance abuse. These unhealthy compulsive behaviors, if not intervened at the right time, might worsen leading to the development of a mental health disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Managing an OCD may be tough and entail expensive therapies. However, a simple technique that may help one avoid the cost of medication and therapy and take control of their obsessive compulsions can be a program called “STARTS”.
Time: Perfectionists tend to procrastinate, filling their time with compulsive thoughts that are ostensibly unproductive. Instead of stalling to avoid anxiety and failure, taking control of one’s time and approaching the causes of one’s anxiety with a healthier attitude will not only reduce perfectionist thoughts but allow one to be more productive as well.
Many young adults can get caught up with the pressure of having to be perceived as popular, placing unneeded stress on themselves and prioritizing them over more important things such as focusing on their education. If left unaddressed, these unhealthy patterns of thinking can continue into adulthood, developing into serious issues. If obtaining some elusive notion of perfection really is something that one feels is a legitimate desire, then it may help to realize that the only true judge of it is yourself.
The most successful people tend to also be the ones that can accept failure without it destroying their motivation and hindering their efforts. If perfection is measured by the amount of happiness or success one amasses during their lifetime, then exhausting oneself with OCD and anxiety over petty things are not good ways to obtain either. By stopping and refocusing on the things that matter, one can find more meaning and happiness in their lives than an obsessive pursuit of perfection ever could.
In the pursuit to achieve perfection, teens are often put under tremendous pressure. Unable to handle the pressure and burdens, they often succumb to mental health disorders and substance abuse. It is important that one watches out their teens for symptoms of mental health disorders and seeks help at the earliest if and when needed.
If your teen or a teen you know is suffering from mental health problems, get in touch with the Adeona Health, the leading mental health rehab for teens aged between 12 to 17. We excel in providing long-term teen mental health treatment personalized to help them achieve their treatment goals. Call our 24/7 mental health helpline (888) 997-3966 to know more about our research-backed mental health treatment programs. You can also chat online with our representative for further assistance.