Teen Anxiety

Understanding Teen Anxiety

While there is a certain amount of anxiety that is normal in growing up in our culture today, as parents be aware of when anxiety starts to interfere with functioning in everyday life.

Is your teen anxious about something specific? It could be socially, emotionally, physically, or academically related. Teens are often very secretive in their behaviors and will deny that they are stressed or anxious.

Gently open the conversation about this in a way that feels safe for everyone concerned because there may be more than you know about. Often it helps to have a trained therapist work with your loved one in order to provide safety and encourages open communication.

What Affects Teens When They Look in the Mirror?

  • Their body image
  • The impact of the culture
  • What are their goals – What do you want to do when you grow up?
  • Sexuality

At-risk behaviors and unhealthy coping strategies:

  • Substance abuse
  • Social media addiction
  • Isolation
  • Eating disorders

Identifying Anxiety in Teens

  • Impulsivity/risky behaviors
  • Excessive worrying
  • Problems with parents
  • Self- harm such as cutting
  • Eating disorders
  • Confusion about sexuality
  • Anger and frustration
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