Tips For Battling Teen Anxiety

Annie Miller TherapyBlog

Adolescence can be a difficult time for many and anxious feelings and worries are common. Many teens have busy schedules, packed with extracurricular activities on top of hours of homework, social pressure and family stress.

Some teens feel stress much more deeply and become overwhelmed by stressful situations. Even thinking about the pressure can cause great distress.

Signs To Watch Out For

When worries become overwhelming, some teens can have a hard time completing daily tasks and maintaining their busy schedules. Sometimes, teenagers may not even be aware of how much the stress is affecting them.

The following are some possible signs that an adolescent may be experiencing anxiety:

  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Physical symptoms (stomach aches, headaches, and other “illnesses”)
  • Avoidance of school and other activities
  • Irritability
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Withdrawal or isolation

Strategies That Help

There are a number of strategies that can help teenagers with their symptoms of anxiety. Finding a therapist who specializes in anxiety is important for teenagers who are feeling stuck. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can be very helpful techniques for treating anxiety. For some forms of anxiety, like social anxiety, the most helpful treatment is often repeated exposure to the anxiety-causing situations.

Biofeedback, meditation and other types of relaxation techniques can also be effective in reducing anxiety. A few techniques that can help are: