ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDER IN TEENS
WHAT IS ANXIETY DISORDER?
TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This means teens with OCD tend to excessively ruminate, or worry, about any number of things. In response to the worry, these individuals feel compelled to act on a particular behavior. This is how they compensate, or counterbalance, the worry.
SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
Teenagers with PTSD have, in most cases, lived through a catastrophic or traumatic event (i.e. natural disaster, school shooting, car crash, abuse, etc.). PTSD in teens may or may not involve flashbacks (which are common in adults with PTSD). Yet, teens often make up that there were “signs” indicating the trauma was going to happen. This tends to make these individuals hypervigilant. They are constantly looking for another “sign” (to avoid future trauma).
WHAT IS PANIC DISORDER?
WHAT DOES A PANIC ATTACK FEEL LIKE?
- Difficulty breathing
- Racing heartbeat
- Hot and/or cold flashes
- Shaking or trembling
- Tingling and/or numbness of fingers and toes
- Difficulty swallowing
WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS?
HELPING DURING A PANIC ATTACK
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