For many adolescents, physical and psychological transformations generate an inability to manage their emotions satisfactorily. Losing control over yourself can lead to an Emotional Disconnection .

The emotional disconnection is a tendency to ignore consciously or unconsciously what they are feeling and is often manifested by a general apathy about what happens around them or himself.

In adolescents there are many causes that can produce an emotional disconnection, among them we can highlight:

Physical and Psychological Changes

The accelerated pace with which changes occur in the physical and psychological stage of adolescence can exceed in a certain way the individual’s capacity for adaptability and cause an internal crisis.

He is a person who throughout his life had felt, acted and lived in a way and suddenly this reality is transformed both internally and externally, his conception about many things changes and he may feel lost.

Bewilderment can activate defense mechanisms that will make you distance yourself from what you are feeling to avoid suffering. And this means that they will behave like a cold, quiet, distant person and will refuse to participate actively in family dynamics.

Environment Requirements

Together with the changes experienced and the internal struggle to adapt to the new situation, the environment will pressure you with demands regarding the behaviors that you must show.

He is not a child but not an adult, out of nowhere, he must exhibit behaviors associated with maturity and his age and he does not always have the necessary tools to carry them out effectively. Perhaps because until now he was a very overprotected or pampered child who depended on his caregivers for almost everything for which he did not see the need to learn basic skills.

If you reach adolescence without the weapons required to defend yourself and are suddenly asked to take care of certain things and take responsibility, it is likely that this young man feels without a floor to lean on.

External influences

It is during adolescence that the individual forms his identity, that which defines him and differentiates him from the rest, but for this he will require social contact with his peers. Adolescents will constantly seek interaction with groups of people with whom they share similarities with respect to ages, tastes and interests.

The sense of belonging and acceptance acquire great relevance during this stage but, sometimes, these social interactions can contribute to create a gap of emotional disconnection in the adolescent with respect to his family nucleus because the natural tendency is to copy patterns and adopt beliefs from friends who don’t always influence you in the best way.

Feeling misunderstood

The feeling of loneliness and sadness for feeling misunderstood is very typical in adolescents. Parents are associated with the enemy who is only there to judge, criticize, and prevent happiness.

Unresolved family problems

Emotional disconnection in adolescents can be rooted in situations within the family dynamics that have not been working but have not had a closure either. If the dialogue fails through the approach that makes him feel that he is important to his parents and that his feelings are taken into account and respected.

If the adolescent in any way feels that he or she does not have the support of their family members, they are likely to become emotionally disconnected.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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