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Teenage Anxiety

Teenage Anxiety2023-03-01T12:32:21-05:00
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. Teenage 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.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a practical, goal-driven model with emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goals.  It assumes all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some help describing the details of what that could look like, and they already possess at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.


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.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is also commonly recommended for teenagers  who are experiencing anxiety.  This type of 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.


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

Stephanie Phillips, LCMHCS, NCC, CCTP
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Barbara Garrett LCSW
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Connie Lancaster LCMHC
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Gregory Linares, LMFT
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Anna Broadwell, LCMHC
Brigitte ZylaRoch, LCSW
John von der Lehr, LCSW
Stephanie Lucas, LCSWA
Julie Peevy, Intern
Ananya Ranjana, Intern

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