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Overcoming worries and fears: Debunking common worries of anxiety in teens

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Overcoming worries and fears: Debunking common worries of anxiety in teens

“The whole world is crashing down around me”

“I forgot to do something important”

“Is everyone laughing at me right now?”

If you could listen to your teen with anxiety’s thoughts that’s probably along the lines of how they would sound in certain situations. Anxiety in teens can be extremely disruptive to everyday life. The smallest things might trigger anxious thoughts and behaviors, and even panic attacks. Helping your teen calm down in these situations can seem nearly impossible. What are some ways to help them work through anxious thoughts? anxiety in teens

Helping your teen work through common thoughts associated with anxiety in teens

There are some situations which are more likely to trigger symptoms associated with anxiety in teens. Being aware of these situations and what thoughts may be running through your teen’s head can help prevent anxiety in teens from getting even worse.

Here are some examples of thoughts that may trigger reactions from your teen:

  1. “Did I say something wrong? Did I accidentally offend someone?”: Many people with anxiety constantly worry that they will offend someone by saying something that rubs someone the wrong way.

What to tell your teen: If someone finds offense with something you’re saying, they should speak up about it. Always try to be polite, but sometimes offending someone can’t be helped. Some people are just more sensitive than others. If you have offended someone, please make sure to apologize but otherwise don’t worry about it.

  1. “What if something goes wrong and I end up unsuccessful and not happy with my life?”

What to tell your teen: If something seriously did go wrong somewhere down the line, the people who care about you would help you through whatever situation that is. Even in the worst case scenario, you can always rely on your family and friends for help.

  1. “I look stupid in front of my friends. They secretly think I’m weird and are just acting like my friends because they feel bad for me”

What to tell your teen: Why would your friends invest so much in your relationship if they were just your friend out of pity? If this is actually the case (which it most definitely is not), those people aren’t your friends anyway. There are plenty of other people who would love to be your friend.

  1. “What if I forgot to do a homework assignment or that a test or quiz is happening today?”

What to tell your teen: If you’re constantly worried about forgetting something important, keep a planner around with a set schedule. That way you’ll have everything written down in one place.

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ViewPoint Center, a teen diagnostic assessment center, helps teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like anxiety in teens by providing comprehensive diagnostic assessments and treatment plans.

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