Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers’ anxiety treatment program is designed to help teenagers cope with symptoms of fear and anxiety. Our staff members have experience treating a wide variety of anxiety disorders and other mental conditions. To make an appointment at a treatment center in Los Angeles or Malibu, please contact Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.
Learn About Anxiety in Teens
Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry from time to time. These feelings are the body’s natural response to stressful situations. Genetic and environmental factors make some people more susceptible to anxiety than others. When anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, it may be indicative of an anxiety disorder.
People with anxiety disorders frequently experience intense, persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. These feelings may or may not be rational. Examples of common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.
Symptoms & Signs of an Anxiety Disorder
There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders that cause feelings of fear and worry, but each disorder is characterized by unique symptoms. The severity, frequency, and causes of these symptoms differ between individuals. Some common symptoms include the following:
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry or fear
- Nervousness, restlessness, or difficulty relaxing
- A sense of impending danger
- Trouble concentrating on anything but the present worry
- Avoidant behaviorLow energy or increased fatigue
- Increased heart rate
- Sweat and tremors
- Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
- Trouble sleeping
Treating Teen Anxiety Disorders
The two primary treatments associated with anxiety disorders are psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) and medication. Psychotherapy involves working with a therapist to reduce and manage symptoms of anxiety. This treatment is generally short-term and involves learning specific skills for reducing anxiety. It may include exposure therapy as well. Medications differ depending on the type of anxiety disorder.