By: Nicole Patti
What is anxiety?
Anxiety in Teens
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
- 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.