Teenage General Anxiety
In answering the question ‘What is Teenage Anxiety’? there are many factors to be considered. Today, anxiety is by far the number one psychological complaint in society, affecting about 13% of the general population in any one year, and accounting for almost 30% of visits to a doctor.
Teenage anxiety is strongly associated with negative emotions and teen depression, teen anxiety is also seen as often a precursor to substance abuse, and as a starting point for severe depression problems in adulthood.
Obviously the earlier this anxiety condition is treated, the quicker the problem may go away, but just what are the signs of teen anxiety first?
Signs of Teenage General Anxiety.
There are five teen anxiety disorders Panic, OCD or Obsessive –Compulsive Disorder, Post Trauma Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, and General Anxiety, but the symptoms for general teen anxiety include
n Signs of excessive tension and worry over dealing with what would otherwise be a simple easy event to another ‘normal teen’
n This constant worry interferes with normal life and causes irritability and loss of sleep, because the worry is constantly gnawing away at the mind of the teen.
n The worry cause muscle twitching and aches.
n Nervous hyperactivity is shown resulting in light headedness, fast heart rate, sweating and the need to frequently relieve body functions
These symptoms should be seen as warning signs of teen anxiety and that medical advice should be sought for recommendations as to early treatment.
Some Treatments for Teen General Anxiety.
There are two types of treatment recommended for teen anxiety, the first is Psychological and the second is Biological Treatment.
Psychological Treatment of Teen General Anxiety.
n The psychologist will talk to the teen and help him/her understand the anxiety and its possible causes, and tell that it can be treated.
n The Psychological treatment can reduce the fears of the teen that he/she is ‘losing his/her mind.
n It will teach the teen to have feelings of being able to independently cope with the anxiety situation, and not to rely on outside assistance all of the time, to develop inner positive thinking, and instill a feeling of independence within the teen.
Biological Treatment for Teen General Anxiety.
Psychological treatment will go a long way to alleviating the anxiety, but on occasions the use of medicines will be considered, several medications have been found useful in effective treatment for the anxiety.
n Benzodiazepines, and beta-blockers.
n Serotonin reuptake Inhibitors and Tricyclic anti-depressants.
n Monoamine oxidase Inhibitors.
The psychiatrist working in consultation with the psychologist will decide on the best form of biological treatment and prescribe the most suitable medicine for the teen depending upon his/her responses to the earlier psychological treatment.