Is your teen excessively worrying? Perhaps their fears are even getting in the way of their everyday functioning? They might have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety Disorders are actually the most common mental health problemexperienced by young Australians, with anxiety affecting 1 in 5 females and 1 in 10 males aged between 16-241.
Learning more and understanding anxiety can help parents evaluate whether their child might have anxiety, and what to do next.
Every single person can get anxious – it’s a normal part of our lives! However it can become problematic when someone becomes so worried about something that happening that it affects their everyday life.
The following are a number of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of someone experiencing an anxiety disorder:
Physical symptoms that may accompany anxiety include:
If your child experiences any of these symptoms, and if they go on for more than 2 weeks, then it is a good idea to have a chat with your child & seek professional help. Until you seek help, make sure that your child knows you are there to support them by letting them know you are there to talk and that you understand they are going through something difficult.
You could offer your child to go to the GP with them, or perhaps if they feel comfortable then they could go in alone and disucss matters with the GP. The GP may make a referral to a psychologist if they deem is necessary.
1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011. Young Australians: their health and wellbeing 2011. Cat. no. PHE 140 Canberra: AIHWKessler, R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., Jin, R., Merikangas, K. R., & Walters, E. E. (2005)