Awareness on Teen Anxiety

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An Estimated 264 Million People Worldwide have an anxiety Disorder of any kind. ​Source: Our World Data

​Anxiety is one of the most common forms of mental illness. Anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, too. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health.

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of general anxiety include:

# Feeling nervous, restless or tense
# Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
# Having an increased heart rate
# Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
# Sweating
# Trembling
# Feeling weak or tired
# Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
# Having trouble sleeping
# Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
# Having difficulty controlling worry
# Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to know all the ways anxiety can present itself. Read about the many types of anxiety symptoms you might experience.

10 Reasons for Teen Anxiety

​1. Electronics offer an unhealthy escape.

2. Happiness is all the rage.

3. Parents are giving unrealistic praise.

4. Parents are getting caught up in the rat race.

5. Kids aren't learning emotional skills.

6. Parents view themselves as protectors rather than guides.

7. Adults don't know to help kids face their fears the right way.

8. Parents are parenting out of guilt and fear.

9. Kids aren't being given enough free time to play.

10. Family hierarchies are out of whack.