Breaking Free From The Cage: Helping Anxiety In Teens
For most people, high school is either the best time in their lives or the absolute worst. It really comes down to the friends you made, the grades you got, and how involved you were. For some teens going through high school, the experience is made even worse because of anxiety. Anxiety in teens can be absolutely crippling, causing academic problems, social issues, and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.
Identifying anxiety in teens
For teens, stress can be a normal reaction to everyday events. It can help them get through tense situations like getting prepared for a presentation or studying for an exam. But when this stress turns into an excessive amount of anxiety and fear, that’s when it can become disabling to many teens.
Anxiety in teens can make it difficult for them to participate in extracurricular activities, have a thriving social life, and have a positive relationship with family. Anxiety may be random feelings of uneasiness, however, sometimes it can develop into panic attacks, phobias or an anxiety disorder.
There are a variety of anxiety disorders that may cause anxiety in teens. These include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Symptoms of anxiety
Symptoms of anxiety in teens generally include excessive fears and worries, restlessness, and extreme stress. Some teens describe feelings of constant nervousness even when there is nothing to be nervous about. In social situations, teens with anxiety may feel uneasy and withdrawn. They may have a preoccupation of appearing socially competent.
Anxiety in teens may also take the form of physical symptoms. They may experience muscle cramps, stomachaches, back and limb pain, headaches, and fatigue. They may also startle easily.
Teens with anxiety oftentimes have problems sleeping. They often have problems falling asleep, and wake up throughout the night. Another symptom of anxiety in teens is the use of self-deprecating statements to cope with their anxiety. Anxiety in teens may also bring along with it low self esteem. Because of this, teens with anxiety may constantly seek approval of parents, peers, and teachers in their life.
Getting help for your teen with anxiety can be a difficult process. Going to see a therapist is essential in getting your teen the help they need. One option for treating anxiety in teens is sending your teen to a residential treatment center.
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