Anxiety Disorder is characterized by a severe and debilitating level of fear that is chronic rather than temporary. The anxiety must last longer than 6 months to be diagnosed as Anxiety Disorder. The fear may be shown as panic attacks and/or triggered by certain things or situations in the form of phobias. It may be a purely mental or emotional condition, but it can also be shown through physical symptoms as well. The physical symptoms may include excessive sweating, hyperventilation, rapid pulse, and difficulty sleeping. For those experiencing panic attacks, it may nearly paralyze them physically.
It is important for those suffering from Anxiety Disorder to be diagnosed and provided treatment early. When left untreated, the anxiety can continue to increase to the point of clinical depression. Individuals, especially teenagers, may turn to self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, and other destructive behaviors when left untreated. Professionals often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) when working with those who suffer from Anxiety Disorder. The approach focuses first on recognizing patterns of thinking that can lead to the anxiety; then focuses on learning new responses to prevent negative behaviors in response to triggering events.
Parents of teenagers with Anxiety Disorder may find it difficult to grasp the underlying causes of responses that seem like they are simply overreacting to the stimulus. It’s important for parents to seek professional treatment if they feel that their child may be experiencing these symptoms. Anxiety disorder can generally be treated with high rates of success when treated early.
Promise Village: Home for Children has experience working with children with Anxiety Disorder and other anxiety issues. We are able to provide healthy treatment of their anxiety through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other modalities. Promise Village: Home for Children can help to prevent children from coping with their anxiety in unhealthy ways, such as drugs and alcohol.
Contact us today at 1-877-A-PROMISE to learn more.
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