More than normal stress: Spotting the signs of anxiety in teens

More than normal stress: Spotting the signs of anxiety in teens

Pressure from school, rapid hormonal changes, and new social situations are a recipe for anxiety in teens. Most teens suffer from anxiety at some point in their adolescence. It’s a normal part of life. However, there is a difference between less harmful anxiety struggles and a full on anxiety disorder. Being able to spot the difference in your teen allows you to get a better handle on how to help them in their time of need.

What are the signs?

About eight percent of teens ages 13-18 years old struggle with an anxiety disorder. Out of those eight percent, only eighteen percent get the treatment they need. Here are a few signs of anxiety in teens parents can spot in their teen:

  1. Double checking everything constantly: If your teen double checks their school work and chores compulsively to make sure everything is perfect, it may be a sign that they are struggling with an anxiety disorder like obsessive compulsive disorder. 
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  2. Being overly critical of themselves: If your teen is constantly making self-deprecating statements and not putting much faith in their abilities, they may be struggling with anxiety.
  3. Avoiding enjoyable activities: Teens who withdraw from their friends and avoid social activities such as extracurriculars may feel crippled by their anxiety to do anything they once found fun.
  4. Constantly worried: If your teen is excessively worried about school, finding approval from parents, peers, and teachers, they may be struggling with anxiety. If this worry impedes their ability to attend school and take part in social situations normally, they may be dealing with an anxiety disorder.
  5. Complaints of physical symptoms: When your teen is complaining of headaches, stomachaches, or drowsiness that can not be explained, anxiety may be the culprit.
  6. Pre-existing conditions: Depression and ADHD have been known to occur alongside anxiety disorders in some teens. Seek professional advice if you believe this is the case for your teen.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center, a teen assessment center for young people ages 12-17, provides teens struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties with a diagnostic assessment in order to find the proper course of treatment for them.

For more information about ViewPoint Center, please call 801-825-5222.


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