Your teen seems anxious.
Worried a lot, nervous, stressed, timid. Scared to try new things. Asking for reassurance.
Maybe your teen is shut down or just more quiet than before. While we think anxiety would be apparent, sometimes people are masterful at hiding it. Teens can hide worlds of nervousness.
Maybe your teen is highly perfectionistic and driven, never satisfied with their performance. While you always thought before that these were good qualities, now you’re not so sure. After all, if you have to be perfect in whatever you do, you’ll be anxious.
When you look back, you realize that this may have been going on a while, and you had hoped it was a phase and would go away. But now you realize that your teen really does need some help in order to be free from this anxiety.
You are right to be concerned.
Anxiety not only makes us, well, anxious, it also robs us of our ability to enjoy life, creating an anxiety-depression cycle that can seem never ending.