TEEN GENERALIZEDANXIETY DISORDER
Teens with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) will experience unnecessary fear and anxiety with respect to normal everyday activities for long periods of time. This excessive worry and anxiety may cause severe emotional agony, which has multi-factorial effects at school, in the workplace, and in relationships. GAD has some added physical effects like nausea, sweating, shaking, headache and pain.
Usually, 9% of people will develop GAD in their lifespan. Studies show that women are twice as likely as men to develop GAD. GAD rarely starts before adolescence. Children with anxiety may therefore develop GAD as they mature and reach adolescence.
Causes ofTEEN GAD
GAD is caused by several genetic and environmental factors. There are also specific medical conditions and medications that can cause teen GAD. A mental health professional or clinical psychologist is usually competent to accurately assess and diagnose teen GAD.
Symptoms of Teen GAD
- Difficulty concentrating
- Falling asleep, but mind is worrying
- Shaking and jerking
- Air deprivation
- Easily frightened
- Anticipating the worst outcome for any situation
- Extreme concerns and worries about everyday work
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hot flashes
- Frequent urination
Every person will experience a normal level of anxiety with some physical, behavioral or emotional responses and reflexes in the face of danger. Anxiety is an emotion that is designed to protect and alert us in times of danger. A healthy level of anxiety acts as a motivational tool to help us to focus on the issue and accomplish the work with efficacy and determination. In reality, a person requires some amount of anxiety to perform at their best, to develop a new skill, or as a means of protection.
But sometimes, this normal healthy level of anxiety is heightened. It can become a problem if:
- The anxiety is deep enough and lasts for several days or months
- The anxiety interferes with daily activities
- The anxiety is negatively impacting school, work or relationships
Treating TEEN GAD
Psychological Treatments: Professional psychologists can arrange “Talk therapy” to help the teen to control their emotions and thoughts. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been found to be the most effective for treating GAD in teenagers. CBT helps to overcome the fear so that the teen can be comfortable to share his or her thoughts.
Medication: There are many courses of medication available that can help to treat GAD in teens along with talk therapy and psychotherapy. Only mental health practitioners can prescribe medications, after making a conclusive diagnosis and deciding on adequate course of therapy and treatment.
Teen GAD at Beachside Treatment Center
At Beachside Treatment Center we are well equipped to effectively diagnose and treat Teen GAD. Our state of the art infrastructure, offering the best therapeutic treatment modalities with our very caring, committed and professional team, in a wholesome and nurturing environment is ideal for deep-rooted and long lasting healing.