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Anxiety 101: Uncovering the Latest Research on Anxiety in Today's Teens

Season #1

In part 1 of this Anxiety 101 series, we learned that anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.

In part 2, we talk about what anxiety might look like in your teen and when to get them help. We will also review these helpful tips from https://childmind.org/article/what-to-do-and-not-do-when-children-are-anxious/ and practical ways to implement them.

1. The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety but to help your teenager manage it.

2. Don’t avoid things just because they make your teen anxious.

3. Express positive — but realistic — expectations.

4. Respect their feelings, but don’t empower them.

5. Don’t ask leading questions.

6. Don’t reinforce your teens' fears.

7. Encourage your teen to tolerate her anxiety.

9. Think things through with your teen.

10. Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.

However, the best thing you can do if you have an anxious teen is to address your own anxieties and make sure you're modeling the behavior that is the most healthy for them to see. 

Anxiety is totally treatable and the most common problem people contact me about. If you're looking for some help managing your anxiety or your teen's anxiety, follow this link to schedule a FREE no-pressure discovery call! I'll help you with some suggestions and make sure you know what path is right for you.