Anxiety is very common in teenagers and can take many forms including general fearfulness, panic attacks, phobias and OCD. You may be aware of what may have triggered the anxiety (for example, a frightening experience) but sometimes it may be unexplainable. Anxiety responds very well to psychological treatment together with a balanced diet, good amounts of sleep and exercise. Why not discuss your concerns with your GP and find out what resources are available in your area?
4 facts in 4 areas
Changes in Behaviours
- Lost interest and stopping having fun.
- Reckless behaviours including the over use of drinks or drugs.
- School performance has changed in a negative way.
Changes in Thoughts
- Pessimistic about the future.
- Sense of failure is expressed or increased sensitivity to rejection.
- Feelings of guilt and self-blame are often expressed.
Changes in Feelings
- Regular bouts of crying.
- Emotionally numb.
- Irritable with outbursts of temper.
- Emotional variability.
- Constant physical complaints with no physical cause.
- Sleep changes (too much or too little).
- Appetite changes (too much or too little).
- Constant tiredness and apathy.
4 steps to assist with change
- Learn to identify the early warning signs as noted under 4 facts in 4 areas.
- Talk to your teenager – download our PDF on Talking to your teenager.
- Take charge of Change – download our PDF on Taking Charge of Change.
- Keep links in the resources section to help your teenager maintain change.
Your G.P. who will refer you to CAMHS, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors.