Decoding anxiety- Part 2: Prevalence of anxiety in teens
December 12th, 2016
Filed under: Anxiety disorder, Mental Disorder by ATAC Team

It is normal to feel anxious and everybody experiences this emotion in one form or the other in varying degrees. It is a common reaction to stressful situations arising out of worry, fear, danger, threat or sudden change. Excessive anxiousness which interferes with everyday living is a kind of mental problem called anxiety. According to experts, this anxiety can be used to cope with tense situations in life, though this cannot always be the situation. In the case of a chronic problem, one needs to consult a specialist.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults (18.1 percent) between the age of 18 to 54 in the United States. Experts say that this figure is much higher in reality as most people do not seek help and some are even unaware that they suffer from an anxiety disorder, while others are wrongly diagnosed. The prevalent stigma in the society surrounding mental disorder makes it difficult to zero in on the actual figure.

Some babies are extra-sensitive to stress

The design of the human body is a masterpiece in itself, making humans one of the most sophisticated organisms to ever walk on the surface of the Earth. With advancements in science and various medical fields, scientists and doctors have been able to unearth the workings of the human brain and causes of various mental disorders.

It has been observed, that some babies are extra-sensitive to stress and stimulation than other babies because of the heightened arousal of their nervous system. As they mature, such individuals have a higher probability of experiencing greater symptoms of anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety in teens

According to the NIMH, 25.1 percent children in the age group of 13-18 years are diagnosed with anxiety disorder at some point in their life. In the same age group, 5.9 percent were reported having experienced severe cases of anxiety disorders. Girls have a higher chance of suffering from an anxiety disorder with 30.1 percent female teens suffering from anxiety disorders as compared to 20.3 percent male teens.

Teenage anxiety usually revolves around the way one feels about their looks, acceptance and rebelling for independence. Teens who are overwhelmed with anxiety appear extremely shy, deviate from usual routine and dread new endeavors. No two cases of anxiety disorder are the same even if they share similar symptoms and underlying causes. Each individual’s anxiety disorder should be approached and treated uniquely.

Given below are some symptoms that can ascertain if there is a potential anxiety risk to teens and if professional help is required:

  • muscle tension and cramps
  • headaches, backache and stomachache
  • hyperventilating and startling easily
  • uneasiness caused by puberty
  • breathing problems and irregular heartbeat
  • trembling
  • fatigue and dizziness

Path to recovery from anxiety

It should be kept in mind that teens experience bouts of anxiety from time to time. If the intensity, frequency and duration of the symptoms persist, then one should seek professional help. Severe anxiety disorders in teens can lead to other mental disorders and abuse of various substances, such as marijuana and alcohol. It can also lead to nonmedical misuse of prescription pills which can fuel their addiction and can cause side effects.

If you have a teenage child or a loved one who is unable to get rid of anxiety and its symptoms, contact the Anxiety Treatment Advisors of Colorado. Any delay can worsen the situation. Timely treatment can help a patient avoid other complications. Contact the 24/7 helpline number 866-891-2539 or chat online to get help in finding the best anxiety treatment centers in Colorado or to know about the best anxiety treatment advisors in Colorado.

Read the other articles of the series, “Decoding anxiety:”

Part 1: Identifying And Overcoming Child Anxiety


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