Is your teen feeling anxious, nervous, fearful or overwhelmed? Anxiety can be present for your teen in one or multiple settings. Your teen may experience a sudden feeling of terror, shortness of breath, heart racing and excess sweating. Maybe they are experiencing overwhelming fear or anxiety in certain daily routines or all situations? All these are signs your teen may have excess worry or anxiety.
Anxiety can be portrayed in not leaving the house, avoiding school, avoiding others, avoiding closed spaces, avoiding speaking in public or fear of talking to new people. Your teen may seem to be avoiding situations they once enjoyed and you may be unsure why. They may be irritable and not know why they truly are avoiding others. It is not a logical or conscious decision to run or hide from anxiety provoking situations.
Teaching your teen to face their fears and reduce their anxiety is a process that therapy can help with. Fear is an appropriate emotion but when it is combined with negative thoughts, it can be disastrous and lead to anxiety. Too much fear can hinder your child from making friends, performing in school, being confident and succeeding. Through therapy your teen will learn to grow, understand and logically process their overwhelming fear.
Social skills and communication can help teens who may worry about saying inappropriate things, have difficulty fitting in or making friends. Teens with social fears can learn to comprehend, process and change their negative thoughts related to making friends.
Young Adult + Millennial Anxiety
You may experience anxiety in specific or all areas of your life. You may fear being around certain people, animals, places or even leaving your home. The anxiety can lead you to feel anxiety related panic attacks (may be mistaken for a heart attack) or a racing heart beat combined with sweating and feeling out of breath.
Worries or anxious thoughts can also occur when speaking in public, trying to meet new people at school or at work. This can interfere with you living the life you know you want. You may also guilt and compare yourself to others living wihtout anxiety, which leads to depression. This cycle can continue for many years, until you realize that you are in control and capable of changing this.
Living with some fear is appropriate but anxiety is much more than just some fear. Anxiety is overwhelming, not logical and can lead to many physical symptoms. The physical symptoms can include twitches, stuttering, stomach aches, headaches or unexplained pain.
Therapy can help you regain control of your anxiety. You can learn to feel comfortable and calm by gaining insight about your anxiety and fears. This can empower you in a situation that would normally trigger anxious thoughts. By committing and working together during therapy you will regain the life you once had or have been seeking, while managing your anxiety.