Teen Anxiety: How to Help Your Teen Cope and Stay Mentally Healthy

Anxiety is a feeling that virtually every teen will experience during their adolescent years in response to changes, pressures or stresses they encounter in life. While occasional anxiety is completely normal in teens, it is important to understand how you can help your teen cope with feelings of anxiety, and properly manage stress in a… Continue reading Teen Anxiety: How to Help Your Teen Cope and Stay Mentally Healthy

The Truth About Teens and Stress

Being a teenager is a stressful time. Puberty, school, and social pressures have a big impact on many teens’ mental health, and many develop anxiety disorders. According to the American Psychological Association, high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms are ingrained in our culture. The APA also reports that school is the most common source of… Continue reading The Truth About Teens and Stress

Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, Oh My!

Everyone gets scared or anxious sometimes; it is an important part of being human.  Fear and anxiety are useful emotional responses because they can cause us to change our behavior in ways that protect us from danger.  The teen years are full of situations that create fear and cause anxiety and learning to navigate through… Continue reading Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias, Oh My!

When Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Co-exist

For many people with eating disorders, the challenge of overcoming their disorder is complicated because of other coexisting mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.  In fact, a University of Pittsburg Medical Center study conducted in 2004 found that two-thirds of those diagnosed with eating disorders also suffered from some form of anxiety disorder over the… Continue reading When Eating Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Co-exist

7 Things that Make Anxiety Attacks Worse in Teens

Anxiety is normal in all of us, even our teenagers.  However, for some people, anxiety can become overwhelming, all-encompassing, and debilitating.  When anxiety shifts from normal day to day worries to something more, an anxiety disorder may be to blame.  For parents of teenagers with anxiety disorders, it can be as important to understand what… Continue reading 7 Things that Make Anxiety Attacks Worse in Teens

What Parents Need to Know About Panic Disorder

Overview Panic is something we all experience.  Someone cuts us off in traffic.  We see our toddler start to trip and fall.  The phone rings in the middle of the night.  Panic is the intense and immediate fear of some imminent danger.  People with Panic Disorder experience this type of intense fear at times when… Continue reading What Parents Need to Know About Panic Disorder

The Real Truth About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Life provides ample opportunity to worry.  From natural disasters to job losses, there are many legitimate things for adults to worry about and we all do it, even our kids.  While their worries may be different than ours, they are just as real and just as valid.  But for both adults and teens, worry sometimes… Continue reading The Real Truth About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

When Shyness Crosses into Social Phobia

Everyone experiences moments when they are shy or self-conscious about meeting new people or participating in big groups.  Many children and teenagers have bouts of anxiety about being in front of others, joining new groups, or being around people they don’t know.  This kind of shyness is completely normal.  But a racing heart and stomach… Continue reading When Shyness Crosses into Social Phobia

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

Overview Everyone worries about things, even children and teenagers.  Whether the worry is over the upcoming history test, getting a date to the prom, or making the soccer team, anxiety is a normal part of everyday life.  However, in some people, normal everyday worries can become excessive and everyday things can cause severe anxiety.  This… Continue reading Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know