For parents, seeing your child suffer can be traumatic. The Newport Academy teen anxiety treatment team empathizes with your experience. We can help both you and your child develop the skills and self-understanding to overcome teen anxiety.
One of the most common and difficult parts of adolescence is the emergence of anxiety. Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of different ways, typically centering on changes in the way the adolescent’s body looks and feels, social acceptance, and conflicts about independence. When flooded with anxiety, adolescents may appear extremely shy. They may avoid their usual activities or refuse to engage in new experiences. This blog will go into more detail on what anxiety is, how it manifests, and how it can be treated.
There is a lot of talk about the rising rate of anxiety and the negative effects it has on teens and young adults, but there is also a lot of misconceptions. The purpose of this infographic is to correct those misconceptions and present facts about anxiety.
The first thing you need to do is understand the different types of anxiety. Every anxiety is different and has its own set of signs and symptoms. The second thing to note is that anxiety is not only about the present; it also includes apprehension that builds over time.
Anxiety in Teen Facts
- An estimated 25.1% of U.S. teens between the ages 13 and 18 have suffered from anxiety disorders at some point.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 1/3 of those suffering receive treatment.
- Nearly 1/2 of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.
- People with anxiety disorders are 6x more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders.
- An estimated 6% of U.S. teens between ages of 13 and 18 have experienced ‘severe’ anxiety disorder
- Teen suffering from anxiety were ‘significantly more likely’ to smoke pot, starting at an average age of 10.6.
Signs and Symptoms of Teen Anxiety
- Notable tension
- Excessive worrying
- Upset stomach
- Heart rate increase
Talking to Your Child or Teen About Anxiety
When you think about the many ways in which anxiety affects teens, it’s easy to see why teens might not want to talk about it. But not talking about anxiety might make the problem worse, leading to bigger issues. That’s why it’s important to recognize some of the most common anxiety-related issues for teens.
There’s a lot of information about coping with anxiety during adolescence. If you’re a teen with anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, a lot of teens go through anxiety during adolescence.