Teen Anxiety Treatment
Teen Anxiety Disorder feels like an ongoing sense of nervousness, worry, and/or fear, regardless of the actual life experiences in which the person is taking part. For instance, if the original anxiety was triggered by an experience or event, it persists beyond the extent and time of that trigger. The anxiety also continues to prevail, and sometimes worsen, despite “logical” reasons it might let up. In that sense, it is not an anxiety always characterized by direct cause and effect. Teen anxiety treatment options are largely dependent on the type of anxiety from which one is suffering.
What It Looks Like
Teen Anxiety Disorders, like any Mental Disorders, can look different in different people. That being said, there are some common tendencies often found in a person with anxiety, including but not limited to:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stomach aches
- Chest pain
- Anxiety or panic “attack”
The physical symptoms some people experience due to an Anxiety Disorder reveal how overwhelming and encompassing the anxiety is, to the point of the stress affecting physical well being, and not just the mind. One of the reasons getting early teen anxiety treatment is important is to help prevent physical symptoms from evolving, as often the additional stress caused from the physical discomfort can cause the anxiety to worsen. Another reason for seeking early treatment is one of the most disturbing symptoms a person with an Anxiety Disorder can experience is an overwhelming “attack” of anxiety or panic, which is nearly impossible to predict and very scary to experience.
Different Types of Teen Anxiety
There are several different types of identified Anxiety Disorders. Sometimes a person can experience symptoms covering more than one type at a time, but usually a person experiences at least some of the symptoms of one of these major types.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Characterized by a general overwhelming feeling that awful things are going to happen. Though the “reasoning” for these thoughts might be completely illogical, the overwhelming fear can be so intense that it causes the person to freeze, either physically or emotionally. In an effort to avoid the horrible oncoming events, a person can also tend to withdraw from and avoid people and social situations.
Characterized by an extreme sense of nervousness and stress either in anticipation of, or experience of, normal social interactions. The overwhelming stress often extends even to simple daily tasks that were, at another time, carried out without much effort or thought. Understandably, this anxiety often causes a person to withdraw from people and social settings.
Characterized by an intense fear triggered by some specific thing: for instance, flying, water, heights, or spiders. The fear surrounding this trigger can cause a person to become very anxious about any event or circumstance where this trigger might be present, and therefore, avoid any possible encounters.
The symptoms of a panic attack look a lot like a heart attack, which is obviously very scary to experience. These symptoms often get increasingly more uncomfortable and intense during the first 10 minutes. Some of these symptoms include: shortness of breath, sweating, and pounding heart. Some people only experience one panic attack but others can experience them on a regular basis.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Characterized by an extreme, uncontrollable urge to perform an action in a specific way, or to repeat a certain action repetitively. The urge is not just a habit, but rather, something that the person has no control over choosing when or when not to perform.
Teen Anxiety Rehab
There are several different types of teen anxiety rehab available to help sufferers get relatively quick, lasting relief. The two basic categories of treatment include talk therapy and medication.
When it comes to Anxiety Disorders, talk therapy can be extremely helpful in helping a person “re-pattern” their thoughts, transitioning from the insistent anxious direction of thoughts to new, healthy, and productive thinking. Often times, a person can gain insight through talk therapy to help them identify the triggers that propel them into anxiety, and learn to respond differently.
There are several different types of medication that can help a person experiencing intense or severe symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder. Sometimes these medications can be used as a starting point, from which a person can begin to feel relief, thereby allowing them to begin working toward new thinking patterns and responses.
Is It Going To Get Better or Worse?
As always, it’s hard to tell from one day to the next how you’re going to feel, even if you don’t have an Anxiety Disorder. That being said, the most intense and sometimes abrupt “spike” in anxiety can be in the form of a panic attack. Beyond these occurrences, though, Anxiety Disorder symptoms can have a way of spiraling to greater intensity, where one thought leads to another, which causes more anxiety about the first, etc. This is one of the ways in which talk therapy can help stop that downward spiral, and create some sort of starting place, from which to begin addressing the causes behind, and triggers of, your anxiety.
What if Talking About Everything Makes It Worse?
First of all, you should know that you have control over what you talk about in therapy; you aren’t going to be forced into anything. But for the most part, people tend to gain clarity and relief from talking about their thoughts, and getting input from an outside, objective source, as to the validity of these thoughts. As with many mental disorders, people can feel very isolated and alone in trying to address what they’re facing and so having company in this realm can be encouraging and quite powerful.