Everyone feels anxiety from time to time. From Senior Citizens to children, we are subjects to moments of doubt, fear, and worry. However, when these feelings become constant and overwhelming it can become an anxiety disorder. It is important parents get educated on the differences between normal anxiety and excessive anxiety which can develop into anxiety disorders over time. Teens can benefit greatly from early intervention so it is important to know the signs.
Anxious for no reason. Teens who have anxiety for no reason, anxiety over normal everyday events can be known to have anxiety disorder. If your child has apprehension over routines this can be a sign of excessive anxiety. If you child has apprehension over a big game they are playing in, a formal dance, or exams this is normal anxiety. Pay attention to what makes your child nervous. If it's every occurrence be sure to not easily dismiss the sign.
Constant worry. It is normal to worry about certain events, but when your child is worrying about you leaving for the grocery store, going to the bathroom, or dropping them off at school this can be alarming. These are occurrences which should not throw your teen in anxiety, but if it does talk to them about why they are feeling the way they are feeling.
Panic. Panicking over socializing with friends or family is a sign of heightened anxiety. Starting a new school, going into a brand new situation, or trying a new activity can cause normal panic, but when the panic is a result of something which is routine for your family this is excessive anxiety.
Pay close attention to your child's behavior if you feel they exhibit some of these behaviors. There are many anxiety disorders and not every symptom equals a disorder, but it is very important to nurture our children s emotional needs as much as their physical ones. There are a lot of resources out there. Get educated. Get connected to what is going on emotionally and mentally with your child.
A Positive Approach to Teen Health (P.A.T.H) is a 501(c)3 organization that reaches seven counties throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1993, A Positive Approach to Teen Health has been working to empower teens to make healthy choices regarding drugs, sex, alcohol, and violence.