Adolescence is a tough time for many.  It is a time to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life.  There are struggles, peer influences, and for some this can be too overwhelming.  Some turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, or other addictive behaviors all in order to numb feelings of self-doubt or inadequacy.

You may have come here as a parent seeking answers, maybe you are a teenager trying to get answers.   We are here to help.  Let's talk about what is happening.  The following are some articles to get you started.

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"Fear of Success: The excitement of success can feel close to anxiety to some"-Susanne Babbel, Psychology Today

". . . physical reactions to stress and to excitement are very similar. So, when we experience a traumatic event—such as a car accident or a school bullying incident—our body associates the fear we experience with the same physiological feelings we get while excited. Once we have been through enough trauma, we start to avoid those types of situations that trigger memories of fear. For this reason, trauma victims can tend to avoid excitement, and that can lead them to avoid success." (Taken from Psychology Today, Susanne Babbel, PhD)

To read more:  Fear of Success

Ted Talk - Colin Powell

"How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility."  -taken from

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