Teen Anxiety

By: Nicole Patti

What is anxiety?

Anxiety in the natural human reaction that involves the mind and body. It serves as a basic survival function. It is an alarm system that is activated when he/she comes across danger or threat. When someone faces any danger or threat, they feel physical sensations of anxiety like a faster heart beat, faster breathing, tense muscles, sweaty palms, stomach ache, and trembling in the legs. This is all caused by a rush of adrenaline and other chemicals that prepare your body for to make a quick getaway from danger.

Anxiety in Teens

Teen Anxiety

Teens normally have a lot on there plate and worry a bunch, feel overwhelmed, and have difficulty sleeping because of this anxiety. Teens tend to feel more anxious, some more than others. This anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress. Some teens respond more strongly to stressful situation like tests, meeting new people, speaking in public, going on a date or competing in sports. This can cause you to panic and feel all tense.

Some teens find extremely good ways to cope with anxiety. Its important to recognize your emotions and know what you are feeling inside, and why you are feeling this way. You can easily find someone you feel comfortable with to talk to or see a therapist who specializes in this topic.

Facts and Statistics

- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

- Teen anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US and it affects around 10% of the population.

- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events.

- Anxiety affects a person physically as well as mentally.

- Women and girls are more affected by anxiety than men.

- Some types of anxiety include anxiety disorder, social phobias, specific phobias, separation anxiety disorder, and more.

- Symptoms may include tense muscles, restlessness, sensitive to criticism, withdraw and distraction.

- 1 in 4 teens will experience extreme anxiety.

- Anxiety can also cause other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and ADHD.

- People with an anxiety disorder are 3 to 5 times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders that those who do not suffer from an anxiety disorder.

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