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For informational purposes only. This is not intended as a medical diagnosis. If you or someone you love feel that they may have an anxiety disorder, please seek professional/medical help.
Anxiety is real and there are many adults and teens that deal with it from time to time. There are also some whose battle with anxiety is more frequent (anxiety disorder) and may require professional help. The good news is that there are some things that you can do to help 1.) recognize it for what it is 2.) techniques that can help you through it 3.) lots of resources and people that can help!
Common Types of Anxiety Disorders
Several types of anxiety disorders exist:
Anxiety disorder due to a medical conditions
Generalized anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder (social phobia) involves high level
Substance-induced anxiety disorder
Other specified anxiety disorder and unspecified anxiety disorder
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
See your doctor if:
You feel like you're worrying too much and it's interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life
Your fear, worry or anxiety is upsetting to you and difficult to control
You feel depressed, have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with anxiety
You think your anxiety could be linked to a physical health problem
You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — if this is the case, seek emergency treatment immediately
Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don't seek help. See your doctor or a mental health provider before your anxiety gets worse. It's easier to treat if you get help early.
5 Tips for Teens
SCHEDULE SOME ME TIME: Learn different relaxation techniques and use them daily. Be aware that playing video games, watching television, or using other forms of media are not recommended as relaxation methods and may actually have the opposite affect (i.e. they may increase your anxiety). Yoga, meditation, deep breathing or tai chi are just a few example of the recommended types of relaxation techniques.
SLEEP, EXERCISE, PROPER NUTRITION: Sleep is perhaps the most under rated tool for your ultimate health. Get the right amount of sleep each night! Choose what you eat wisely, proper nutrition can help your body have the energy and sustainability you need to tackle everything that comes your way. Even short sessions of exercise can promote better health, just get moving everyday! Walk your dog, play outside, ride a bike, take walks with your family or friends, get creative and get moving!
MAKE REAL AND LASTING CONNECTIONS: Instead of communicating with your friends over social media, make plans to go out to a movie, eat out, attend a concert or other event, or just to hang out and spend time together face to face. Talk with those you love, take the time to spend with each other and make meaningful and lasting memories and connections. While social media is fun and more convenient it may also trigger your anxiety and feelings of isolation.
GET OUTDOORS: Again, spend less time on your electronics and more time in nature! Take a hike, sit outside and read, start a garden, go camping, take up a water sport, or snow sport or some other outdoor activity! Spending time outside will help you to ground yourself and bonus you'll get some fresh air too!
GRATITUDE AND POSITIVITY: Look around you and notice all the little things that are good in the world. Stop focusing on all the negative aspects in your life and the world around you. Be positive and appreciative always! Most importantly remember that you in control of your thoughts, allow yourself to dream and imagine the very best possible life for yourself.