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Many teenagers deal with complex emotions and feelings of stress or worry as they move through a particularly stressful time in life. These emotions are normal and healthy in moderation, but consistently feeling them could signal an anxiety disorder. Simply put, anxiety is a disruption in how the brain handles the signs of danger and the actions you take to avoid it. For those with anxiety, this danger signal appears when there is no danger, causing the person to be in a constant state of stress even when there is no apparent stressor.
Some anxiety is completely normal and even necessary for safety. When it begins to interfere with your teen’s daily life or decreases his or her quality of life, it may be time to seek help.
School, peer pressure, stress about the future and other environmental and physiological factors can influence a teenager’s risk of developing an anxiety disorder Other types of anxiety disorders that teens may face include
While some cases of anxiety are attributed to specific situations or experiences, some teens may actually have a chemical imbalance that causes anxiety.
Having anxiety can be hard for teens and their parents to cope with, so it’s important to stay in close communication with your teen. The following tips may help:
Anxiety disorders affect each person differently. Some may feel mentally or emotionally stressed while others may develop physiological issues, like stomach problems or insomnia, that affect their everyday lives.
If you feel your teen is dealing with an anxiety disorder, seek the help of a doctor or other mental health professional.
“Anxiety Disorders.” TeensHealth.
“Generalized Anxiety Disorder.” Teen Mental Health. http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/generalized-anxiety-disorder/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.