Anxiety in Adolescents and Teens Is Growing
Thirty eight percent of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have an anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For boys of the same age, twenty six percent have an anxiety disorder. More young people are experiencing anxiety than ever before. Mental health concerns have gone through “trends” over the years. There have been surges of depression among young people, a highly criticised “over diagnosing” of ADHD and ADHD in young people. Now, young people are facing anxiety disorders.
What is causing this youth anxiety? Today, young people are facing pressures and success more than other generations. While recent generations past have walked into difficult economic times, poor job prospects and higher amounts of debt, their younger lives were still somewhat liberated from the stress of being completely digital, and dedicated to the future. Today, young people start preparing their “resumes” too far ahead. Taking on extra curricular activities which overload their schedule give kids little time to just be kids. Just being kids today also includes a lot of hours spent on social media and the internet where kids are experiencing high numbers of bullying and trauma. Kids are expected to be achievers, liked by others, and more. Faced with the pressures of their lives and the fear of not living up to expectations, kids develop anxiety. Their anxiety manifests through psychological symptoms, physical symptoms, effect on academic performance, and a high risk for substance abuse.
How To Tell If Your Kid Is Struggling With Anxiety
Anxiety can come in many forms as many different disorders. Social anxiety, separation anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder are all common forms of anxiety. Generalized anxiety can mean regularly enduring anxiety attacks. Each child will display their symptoms of anxiety differently which could include everything from preoccupation and demonstrated stress to emotional shut down and defensiveness. Identifying anxiety at any level should include these four points:
- The anxiety involves fears they don’t know how to describe or articulate to you
- The anxiety is so strong that they can’t let go of the fear of it and it interrupts their ability to perform in school, interact with friends, or take care of themselves
- Despite attempts to rationalize, calm down, and explain the anxiety, the anxiety does not go away
- It takes many minutes or hours to completely calm down after the anxiety has grown
With treatment and therapy, kids can learn how to self soothe and self regulate without turning to harmful behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers long term residential treatment programs to adolescents and teens who have fallen into drug addiction. Working with each child’s individual needs, our team builds a comprehensive and customized plan for recovery. For information, call us today: 662-598-4214.