Adolescent Anxiety Management

Addressing the Ups and Downs of Adolescence

It is incredibly common for teenagers to be vulnerable to anxiety. Adolescence, after all, is an extended period of great and many changes. Feeling anxious is perfectly normal, just as it is perfectly normal to feel happy, embarrassed, or angry. 

Feeling anxious is well within the normal range of human emotions. While teenage anxiety is very common, it isn’t typically very intense, and it doesn’t last for too long. However, because adolescence is a particularly hectic and complicated period in their life, there are teens whose anxiety grows so intense that it keeps them from finding enjoyment in everyday things like being at school or being with friends.

Symptoms of teen anxiety to watch out for include—

  • Worrying excessively about the simple routines of daily life
  • Displaying unexplained changes in behavior such as irritability
  • Withdrawing from school activities and avoiding social interactions
  • Getting failing grades in school and lacking motivation
  • Having difficulty concentrating and being unable to sleep
  • Engaging in risky behaviours and consuming alcohol and other substances
  • Complaining about chronic physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or stomachaches

Teens are under tremendous amounts of stress. Between physical and emotional changes, the demands of school, and the pressures of social media—anxiety has become a difficult yet relatively common experience that teenagers go through. 

Therapy is especially effective both in identifying elements that trigger anxious and nervous feelings and in helping your teen develop the ability to properly process, cope, and manage episodes of anxiety.

It's important for young people to learn early on the skills that will allow them to break out of the cycle of anxiety and avoidance.