What Is Teen General Anxiety Disorder?
Those suffering from teen general anxiety disorder typically feel nervous and afraid much of the time, even about normal, day-to-day things, which wouldn’t usually cause such anxiety. Sometimes the anxiety may have a rational cause but the severity of it is extreme and uncontrollable, causing a person to be distracted and even unable to carry out normal life. Other times, the anxiety might be unconnected to any logical reason or event, existing with severity for no apparent reason, and persisting, despite attempts to calm it.
A person with General Anxiety Disorder doesn’t just have a sense of general anxiousness associated with life, but rather, the severity and continuous nature of it is overwhelming and debilitating, lasting for over six months, minimum.
What It Looks Like
Often, Teen General Anxiety Disorder looks different in each individual, but there are several consistent symptoms often present in all people.
- A sense of distraction and inability to concentrate for an extended period of time, due to the underlying, constant sense of anxiety.
- Inability to connect or be comfortable “relaxing” with others; inability to unwind
- Procrastination and indecision
- Inability to calm thoughts, causing insomnia or unsound sleep
- Stomach aches
- Muscle tension
- A sense of the anxiety creating more anxiety, causing feelings of a “downward spiral” where the symptoms continue to worsen, despite efforts to calm thoughts
Teen General Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Where to Start
It’s common for a person to have difficulty deciding whether they have an anxiety disorder, or if they’re just feeling stressed out and anxious. Because of this, it’s also common for a person to wait much longer than they should to seek help addressing their anxiety, which ultimately, allows time for the anxiety to worsen. What we always recommend is, it’s better to seek some sort of help or treatment, in case you have something more serious than just “normal stress” going on. This way, the uncomfortable, debilitating effects of the anxiety can be minimized, and issues can be addressed now. So don’t be afraid to ask.
This form of therapy can be extremely successful for teen general anxiety disorder treatment, providing a person with some level of relief and improvement in a relatively short amount of time. The therapist can help a person identify thought patterns and provide insight as to how to “correct” these patterns, to allow a person to have a healthier perspective on life. Talk therapy can also help teach a person to use different techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, and imaging, to learn to slow their thoughts and therefore, regain the ability to relax, both mentally and physically. A therapist can also help a person institute healthy physical regimens that can contribute to calming the mind, such as exercise and diet.
There are several different medications a person can take as a part of teen general anxiety disorder treatment, usually only for a short period of time, to initially help “take the edge off” of the severity of the anxiety. These medications can often help provide a person enough relief from the overwhelming anxiety that they can then begin to address their condition and its effects with a therapist. Because of this, medication is always recommended to be taken in conjunction with meeting with a therapist.