Teenage Anxiety

Teenage Anxiety2020-04-16T14:42:21-04:00
teenage Anxiety

Teenage Anxiety

Anxiety is a common mental heath condition characterized by changes in mood, behavior, and functioning that persist for at least several weeks and cause difficulties in functioning. For teenagers this might mean academic or behavioral difficulties at school, difficulties interacting with peers, or withdrawing from family. Anxiety is more than simply being in a bad mood, feeling sad, or having a negative attitude and includes other significant psychological, biological, and behavioral changes.

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Anxiety Signs in Teenagers

  • Increased Time Spent Alone

  • Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep

  • Irritability

  • Increased Physical Complaints (i.e. headaches, stomach pain)

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Unexplained Outbursts or Mood Swings

  • Restlessness

  • Avoiding Social Interactions with Friends

  • Feeling Worthless or Low Self Esteem

  • Changes in Academic Performance

  • Thoughts of Death or Suicide

  • Excessive Worry About Specific Situations or Everyday Life

Teenage Anxiety Treatment

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most researched and scientifically proven psychotherapy for treating anxiety in teenagers. CBT is a very practical and easy to understand treatment approach that emphasizes the here-and-now and the development of effective coping skills and strategies. In teenagers, emphasis is typically shared between behavioral interventions and the development of insight.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy (i.e., talk or behavioral therapy) is an effective treatment for anxiety in teenagers and for mild to moderate anxiety is recommended as a first-line treatment. For more severe cases of anxiety a combination of medication and psychotherapy is typically recommended.

Medication

Certain medications (i.e., SSRIs) are commonly used to treat anxiety in children and like psychotherapy have been proven to be effective. While the use of medication to treat anxiety in teenagers has grown steadily over the past couple of decades there remains concern regarding the safety of some medication use in teenagers. For more information regarding the use of medications in treating anxiety in teenagers click here to visit the NIMH website on the matter.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is also commonly recommended for teenagers  who are experiencing anxiety. Family therapy aims to help parents and caregivers learn how to more effectively provide support create a less stressful environment for the teenager. Individual therapy with teenagers is more effective when parents and/or caregivers take an active role in treatment.

THERAPISTS & COUNSELORS FOR TEENAGERS

All clinicians at Mindly are fully licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of North Carolina.

Stephanie Phillips LCMHC

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATIONS:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Renee Smusz LCSW

RENEE SMUSZ, LCSW

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Jasmine Potts LCMHC

JASMINE POTTS, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD  (7 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Laura Pond LCMHC

LAURA POND, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILDREN (10-12) CARY ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATIONS: 
RALEIGH, CARY & ONLINE

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Barbara Garrett LCSW

BARBARA GARRETT, LCSW

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT ( 14 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES
FAMILIES

LOCATIONS:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Ty Kays LCMHCS

TY KAYS, LCMHCS

THERAPIST 
CHILD (7-11)
ADOLESCENT (12-17)
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Connie Lancaster LCMHC

CONNIE LANCASTER, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT ( 14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Gregory Linares LMFTA

GREGORY LINARES, LMFTA

THERAPIST
CHILD (8 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Katie Mendat List LCMHCS

KATIE MENDAT LIST, LCMHCS

THERAPIST 
CHILD (4 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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A Todd Lindsey LCMHC

A. TODD LINDSEY, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILDREN (10 – 11)  CARY          CHILDREN (8-11) RALEIGH
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATIONS: 
RALEIGH, CARY & ONLINE

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