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Adolescent Anxiety

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

In order to help anxious teenagers, it's important to understand what's going on in their body. Developmentally teens are undergoing major changes from social emotional to biological changes to cognitive maturation.


Your teenager can become overly concerned with how they look whether people will like them what others think about them and whether they're smart or not. Along with distorting reality, adolescents who suffer from anxiety on a regular basis experience a variety of symptoms such as lower back pain nervous rashes, skin break outs headaches and fatigue.


Below are some common symptoms associated with anxiety.


BEHAVIOURAL SYMPTOMS

· Inability to relax and enjoy life.

· Procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed.

· Running from things that trigger.

· Inability to concentrate or pay attention.

· Persistently forgetting things.

· Difficulty retaining information.

· Constantly blaming self for unfortunate events.

· Continually needing reassurance and approval.

· Mind races repeatedly.


EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS

· Persistently feeling apprehensive.

· constantly worrying about something.

· Chronic impatience.

· Believing the anxiety is uncontrollable and can't be fixed.

· Compulsive thoughts about anxiety producing events.

· Difficulty stopping anxious thoughts from surfacing.

· Dwelling on the “what ifs”.


PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

· Muscle tension and body aches.

· Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to an overactive mind.

· Feeling tired all the time

· Feeling on edge restless and nervous

· Stomach aches, nausea, constipation diarrhoea.


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