Anxiety disorders are the most common disorders adolescents are faced with. It is estimated that up to 1 out of 10 adolescents is currently dealing with some form of anxiety disorder. Start the test below to determine if your teen's symptoms may indicate an anxiety disorder.
Test Instructions: Answer the questions on how your child has behaved during the past 6 months.
Phobia: An improbable and overpowering fear of a situation or thing.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Unrealistic and extreme patterns of worry about not connected with any recent experience.
Panic Disorders: Panic attacks that may include symptoms such as rapid shallow breathing, increased heart rate, and dizzy spells.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Being trapped in a pattern of repeated thoughts and actions that may include such things as counting, pulling hair, showering and hand washing.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A pattern of symptoms, such as flashbacks, in people who have experienced past trauma or distressing events. Some of these events could include sexual and physical abuse, exposure to violent crimes or death, or some other traumatic event.
Many self-help methods for controlling anxiety exist. If your son or daughter is experiencing higher than normal levels of anxiety then you may want to help them to try any or all of the following.
In addition to self-help treatments counseling can also help in learning to cope with and overcome high levels of anxiety. The well-known and validated cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps patients to recognize problems areas that may increase levels of anxiety. CBT can also help to introduce important tools needed to treat those with anxiety disorders.
In cases where counseling doesn’t work a therapeutic environment found in therapeutic schools can be very helpful because they can offer a wide array of support options for a teen struggling with anxiety.
Medication is another way to help treat an anxiety disorder. While medication is not good for every case, it can work for some people. Though not a quick fix, medication can act as a cast to hold things in place long enough for the patient to do the work needed to overcome high levels of anxiety. If you feel like your son or daughter may be a good candidate for medication contact a psychiatrist for an evaluation.
Here are some common medications used to treat anxiety: Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Zoloft, Paxil, Proxac, Lexapro, Celexa and Effexor.
Anxiety is diagnosed by a face-to-face meeting with a mental health care professional such as a psychiatrist.
If you feel like your son or daughter may struggle with an anxiety disorder and have observed a noticeable negative impact on their life it may be time to seek professional help. Getting your teen back on track as soon as possible is most important. Seeking professional help sooner rather than later is always advised so that your child can quickly move on to live a happy and normal life.
This disorder typically occurs in response in a common stressor. These disorders are characterized by the inability of the person to function as usual or if the person’s reaction to the stressor is excessive.
**Note: This page is meant for informational purposes only. It is not a complete list of all disorders, but rather the most common disorders present in the youth that are served by the Turning Winds Academic Institute Residential Care Facility. For further understanding and information about any of the above disorders, please consult the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V-TR.