Anxiety in teens and young adults is often an issue that goes undiagnosed or unnoticed. The emotion of anxiety is a normal reaction to help deal with stressful situations: e.g. anxiety can help a student focus on studying harder for a difficult exam or help an athlete play harder at a sporting event. When one’s anxiety becomes chronic, uncontrollable, or with no root cause or meaning, it can become a true problem, interfering with the quality of life.
While anxiety, like depression, is often thought of as an“adult” problem, teens and young adults may worry about everything from school, fitting in with peers, getting along with family members, or their own personal shortcomings. Individuals may experience signs of anxiety in different ways; the following are potential signs of anxiety in teens and young adults:
- Excessive fear or anxiety about things before they happen
- Excessive worries about school, peers, or extracurricular activities
- Constant concern and worry about safety for self or family members
- Displaying clingy behavior with parents and family members
- Fear of staying the night away from one’s home
- An inability to relax
- Inability to concentrate
- Becoming easily alarmed or startled
- Complaints of physical ailments (stomachaches, headaches, muscle aches, and tension)
- Trouble sleeping
- Avoiding/refusing to go to school
- Excessive lethargy or fatigue
Like the signs of depression, signs of anxiety in teens and young adults can often go overlooked, as some of these behaviors can be normal; however, if you have reviewed these signs of anxiety in teens and young adults and suspect that your son or daughter has anxiety that goes beyond normal worries and concerns, it is important to talk to him or her. If you are still concerned, consult a healthcare or mental health professional to get your son or daughter the help he or she needs.
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