Approximately 25.1 percent of children between the age of 13 and 18 have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH.) Unfortunately, not all of these teenagers are getting the help they need. According to a 2015 report by the Child Mind Institute, 80 percent of youth with a diagnosable (and treatable) anxiety disorder haven’t received treatment for it.
Anxiety is a regular part of everyone’s life. We all feel a little anxious and stressed out on occasion. It goes away, though. However, if your daughter’s anxiety doesn’t seem to be temporary, she may have an anxiety disorder. With this type of disorder, her anxiety doesn’t fade and can interfere with her daily life. There are three different mental health disorders that stem from anxiety: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD,) panic disorder and social anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also called GAD, is characterized by excessive and persistent worry. Your daughter may find it hard to control her worry, and many of the things she worries about may be out of her control, or she may worry about things for no reason. She may be overly concerned about family, school, grades and her future. Most teens with GAD have trouble controlling their worry for at least six months out of the year. If the level of anxiety is mild, she may not have any problems functionally socially, but may avoid certain situations.
Some common symptoms of GAD include:
- – Muscle tension
- – Difficulty concentrating
- – Irritability
- – Trouble sleeping
- – Becoming easily fatigued
Panic disorder is a type of mental health and anxiety disorder that involves frequent, unexpected panic attacks. These attacks involve sudden anxiety-filled moments that are often accompanied by an accelerated heart rate, trembling or shaking, shortness of breaking, choking, smothering, pounding heart and palpitations. Your daughter may feel out of control when the attacks occur and may worry intensely about when they will happen again. She may feel so anxious that she avoids places where previous panic attacks have occurred.
Panic attacks are different for everyone. In addition to the symptoms above, troubled teens may experience:
- – Feelings of impending doom
- – Heart-attack-like sensations in chest
– Feeling like the walls are closing in all around her
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on your teen’s daily life. This is more than just shyness. It’s an extreme fear of being judged and scrutinized by others. In some cases, daily life is so disrupted that your teen may have very few or no friends or romantic relationships. This anxiety disorder makes it difficult to finish school and interview for jobs.
Anxiety at Greenbrier
At Greenbrier, we believe that the primary cause and the resolution for the mental health issues your daughter is having, such as anxiety, are related to her perceptions of the past, present and future relational experiences. Because of this, we focus on creating positive relationships while changing her perceptions of past relational experiences. Through this, we offer real help for troubled teens.
Anxiety doesn’t have to control your daughter’s life. With our help, she can change her relational experiences and regain control over her worries and fears.