A little anxiety from time to time can be expected and normal. For example, having a little nervousness about an upcoming test in school can motivate a adolescent to study hard in order to be well prepared. However, an excess of anxiety can cause problematic symptoms that have an overall negative impact on an adolescent's health.
There are different forms of anxiety such as panic attacks or generalized anxiety and some anxiety can be thought based while some anxiety is experienced in the body through the nervous system. It can difficult to manage bodily sensations that cause distress such as: rapid heart rate, nervousness, sweating, numbness, tingling in legs or arms, dry mouth, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Likewise, it can be very hard to understand how obtrusive or re-occurring thoughts can increase these symptoms and cause distress to teenagers.
Teenagers today have a huge amount of pressure stemming from many different areas of their lives including school pressure, family obligations, peer and romantic relationships, social pressure to fit in, and even excelling in activities such as sports or clubs. Sometimes teenagers look to negative coping tools in order to deal with their anxiety. Many teens learn that their is relief but find this relief in ways that are not serving to them and can impact their natural development.
Our goal is to aid teenagers in overcoming their anxiety and panic in ways that are effective and life giving. Some of the tools we use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is an effective form of therapy.
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