All teens experiences some kind of anxiety at times. Symptoms of anxiety disorders vary from person to person. Unfortunately, anxiety among adolescents is increasing in the modern world. Moreover, these feelings of anxiety get worse over time.
Some early signs of anxiety in teens
- Emotional changes – Some teens experiences emotional changes such as – restlessness, irritability, difficulty in concentration, unexplained and unexpected outbursts, low self esteem, keyed – up feelings, behavioural changes, mood swings and depression.
- Social changes – Anxiety can negatively affect relationships with peers and family members. Some changes may include – avoiding social interactions with friends, skipping plans, avoiding social interactions, isolation from peer groups, spending more time alone.
- Poor academic performance – Anxiety can affect everything from social behaviour to sleeping habits. Anxiety disorders can also led to poor academic performance among teenagers. The signs of poor academic performance can be seen in teenagers, such as – downward jump in grades, missed assignments and homework, avoiding school.
- Physical changes – These changes may include frequent headaches, excessive tiredness, unexplained aches, difficulty in sleeping at night, difficulty in getting up in the morning, frequent nightmares, not feeling active after the sleep.
- Panic attacks – Keep in mind that not all teens experience panic attacks. Some experiences mild symptoms, without experiencing complete panic attack. Such symptoms include – dizziness, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, sweating and trembling, dry mouth or throat, nausea, fear and phobias.
Treatment of anxiety disorders
As a parent, listening to your child willingly and respectfully can help in overcoming such anxiety disorders at some extent. By understanding your child’s conditions, his feelings and help him in recovering from stress or fear. If a parent is unable to understand then a mental health professional, school counsellor or a trusted adult is recommended.
Treatment of anxiety disorders starts with evaluation of symptoms. Further medications, treatments or therapies are recommended after evaluating the symptoms. A medical professional will also consider other factors such as physical illness or disorder, any medication or diet and family, biological or social factors. Good nutrition, regular exercise and proper sleep provides our body the required fuel for its functioning.
A particular therapy, called as cognitive – behavior therapy (CBT) is usually used in treating anxiety disorders. CBT is a kind of talk therapy in which the therapist provides proper guidance and support to the patients and help them by teaching new skills such as breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to cope with stress and tension. Medication is required for anxiety treatment in very rare cases.
No matter what the cause is, rise in anxiety disorders is a real youth problem. Such anxiety disorders can lead to many serious mental health issues like depression, alcohol and substance use and even suicide. Many heart diseases, chronic diseases and physical disorders are result of mental health issues. Getting treatment of a problem can help a person to feel himself/herself again.