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Symptoms of anxiety in teenage girls

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns affecting individuals. Teenagers, especially teenage girls, are not excluded. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, 38% of adolescent girls have an anxiety disorder. They are experiencing so many struggles and challenges in their teen years that can increase their stress levels. As a parent, you may notice changes in your teen and try to talk to them about them. The dynamic between you and your teen may feel so different you feel disconnected from them. You may wonder if your teenage girl is experiencing anxiety. You may consult with your children’s teachers regarding any changes. You may chat with other parents to see if they notice changes in their teens. Understanding anxiety and its symptoms is important to connect with your teen and obtain the best emotional support for your teen daughter.

How to recognize anxiety in teenage girls

Anxiety is an emotional response to real or perceived threats. It can be represented in teenage girls as physical, emotional, behavioral, social and academic symptoms.

Physical anxiety symptoms in teenage girls include heart palpitations, unexplained headaches, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. They may be fidgety and restless. They may break out in sweats.

As teenage girls grow, their emotions are changing. Anxiety can manifest itself emotionally through excessive worry and fear. Teenagers may also experience mood swings and have difficulty concentrating on their schoolwork.

Anxiety in teenage girls impacts their behavior. They may become socially isolated and withdrawn from family members. They may become overly competitive and overly achieving in sports and school work. There may also be changes in their appetite and weight.

Teenagers love to hang out with their friends. Anxiety affects them socially, so they may have difficulty interacting with their peers and feel embarrassed and self-conscious around them. These feelings may cause them to avoid their friends.

Lastly, anxiety in teens impacts their academic performance. Attendance problems, non-completion of homework, procrastination and a decline in grades are signs that a teen may suffer from anxiety.

How can teenage girls improve their mental health

There are numerous ways that teenage girls can reduce their anxiety symptoms and improve their mental health. One way to enhance teenagers’ mental health is to improve their physical health. A balanced nutrition-filled diet, regular exercise, proper sleep and regular hydration are ways to improve their physical health.

Journalling, meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises are ways that teenagers can increase their self-awareness and become more attuned to themselves while at the same time improving their mental health.

Therapy is a powerful way for teenage girls to express their thoughts and emotions. Therapy can be provided through individual therapy or group therapy. Individual therapy offers teens private, customized, one-on-one attention to vent their frustrations without judgment of others, allowing them to open up more. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular type of individual therapy used to treat anxiety in teens.

Group therapy allows teens to learn from each other and give and receive valuable feedback from their peers.

Anxiety therapy for teenage girls

At Free Clear Mind, we provide a safe environment for your teen to identify and work through the things that are causing them the most anxiety. Our therapists are sensitive counselors who understand sensitive people. With over 25 years of experience, we warmly invite your teens into a comfortable space where they can let go of the burdens they are holding and speak freely about their challenges, hopes and dreams.

We empower your teen to overcome anxiety and embrace confidence and enjoy life.

A free clear mind is the first step.

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