Your Teen and Anxiety: Does a Diagnosis Mean Forever?

Approximately one in every five teens throughout the US has been diagnosed with some type of psychiatric disorder. Anxiety and panic disorders are among the most common. In fact, about 25.1 percent of teens will experience an anxiety disorder between the ages of 13 and 18.

If your daughter is suffering from an anxiety disorder, you may wonder (and worry) if she’ll have to deal with the panic and anxiety for the rest of her life. Does this diagnosis mean she won’t enjoy growing up, having children, spending time with friends or having a successful career? While it may seem like a death sentence to her social, professional and personal life, anxiety disorders aren’t permanent. While there is no quick-fix or instant cure, they are highly treatable.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety may be caused by genetics, meaning that a family history of anxiety may result in the diagnosis of general anxiety disorder or panic disorder. However, there are other factors that may also play a role in the development of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is often a co-occurring disorder, which means it occurs with other types of problems, like depression, eating disorders, physical health problems and drug use. These issues can change brain chemistry and make anxiety more likely to occur. When these problems are dealt with, the anxiety is often greatly reduced or goes away completely.

Treatments for Anxiety

Treatment for anxiety often depends on what the cause of the disorder is. Physical health conditions, such as an overactive thyroid or heart abnormality must be diagnosed by a medical physician and treated appropriately.

Mental health conditions like depression, eating disorders and addiction should be diagnosed and treated as well. Medications and therapy are typically the most popular forms of treatment.

Greenbrier Academy and Your Daughter’s Anxiety

At Greenbrier, we offer help for troubled teens suffering from anxiety in these traditional formats. Our boarding school features a full-time medical coordinator, an LPN, who distributes medication to students each day. She works with you, your daughter and her psychiatrist to ensure the right medication and dosage is being used.

In addition to ensuring your daughter takes her medication as prescribed, we also offer several different types of therapy to help her overcome her anxiety, as well as co-occurring disorders. Our addiction recovery program involves several therapeutic exercises that help her examine what she wants from life at the deepest level, and determine for herself how her addiction or eating disorder has gotten in the way of this.

We also offer other therapies for troubled teens, including individual therapy, group therapy and equine therapy. Your daughter will learn to look at her life as a series of relational experiences. By changing the way she perceives these experiences in the past, she can improve her present and future experiences, as well as the relationships she has with herself and others.

The term anxiety disorder may seem like a scary one. While your daughter’s anxiety is real, it doesn’t have to be permanent. This diagnosis isn’t for forever. With the right help, your teen can learn how to overcome her anxiety and any other issues causing it.

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