Created on: January 02, 2013 Last Updated: April 08, 2013
Anxiety is a normal reaction to protect you in fearful situations. However, for some, anxiety symptoms can take over and leave a person in a constant state of dread. Anxiety can take over and be controlling, taking away the pleasure from life. Anyone can be subject to anxiety and the causing factor is different for each person. Teens are just as susceptible to anxiety as adults, and it can be frightening for them to experience.
How can you help a teen that is struggling with anxiety?
Get behind the reason of anxiety
Teens are going through a transitional stage of life where everything is uncertain and constantly changing. There are extra demands and pressures, as well as more responsibilities for teens to take on. With all the extra demands it can be an unsettling time for any teen. Throw anxiety into the mix and teen life can be miserable. Help to find out the reason by going back and looking at possible causes. It may take time to understand the reason; however, getting behind the problem may help to reduce the current symptoms.
Solving underlying problems
If you manage to uncover the reasons for anxiety you can help the teen to face these problems head on. The cause of the anxiety could have been festering for some time causing turmoil and suffering for the teen. Whatever the reason, you can find ways to help resolve the problems which can take away some of the fear and suffering. Helping a teen to overcome problems, even if they don’t see them to be affecting them now is actually important. Putting problems and fears to rest can help to bring inner peace and calm from difficult times or problems that have caused suffering.
Symptoms of anxiety
It is important to understand the symptoms of anxiety in order to help the sufferer to identify and reduce the symptoms. Anxiety attacks can last up to 15 minutes and bring on a fear of dread and worry. It can be very unnerving for a sufferer, especially as it seems to be an isolating feeling of darkness that takes over. Symptoms can include rapid breathing, racing heartbeat, trembling, sweating, tingling hands and feet, a tight band around the head, stomach ache, feeling lightheaded and nausea's. Any number of these symptoms or all of them can be experienced during a panic attack.
How to deal with anxiety:
An important way to restore calm and inner peace is to use relaxation techniques. These can range from yoga exercise which is extremely good for releasing tension and bringing calm and tranquility
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