Young Adult & Teenage Anxiety Treatment in Houston
Although anyone can experience anxiety symptoms, anxiety in teens and young adults face unique challenges that can make life especially stressful and overwhelming. Your life may be changing rapidly, whether you are going off to college, starting your first job, or experiencing changes in your family structure that can create extra stress and uncertainty.
To some degree, anxiety is a natural response to stress. It is normal to feel anxious about an upcoming exam, job interview, or public speaking. However, some people experience anxiety much more strongly than others. When anxiety becomes overwhelming and begins to interfere in your day to day life, it can make you feel like you are losing control, and that your anxiety is taking over.
People with anxiety disorders may obsessively overthink situations, imagining all of the possible things that could go wrong. They might replay conversations over and over again, or worry excessively about what other people think. Anxiety can have physical symptoms as well, such as an increased heart rate, sweating, and shortness of breath.
Whatever the underlying reasons or stressors that trigger your anxiety, there are treatments and coping techniques that can help you regain control of your life.
HOW WE HELP TEENS WITH ANXIETY
Finding the best solution to manage your anxiety is different for everyone. When you come in for a therapy session, we will talk about the causes of your anxiety, and develop a plan to help you take control over your thinking, and to manage your anxious feelings.
See more ways we help teens with mental health at the links below.
TEEN ANXIETY THERAPY AND COUNSELING
Professional counseling, with or without medication, is usually an important part of your teen anxiety treatment. During a typical anxiety therapy session, you might talk about the feelings and relationships that trigger your anxiety. Your therapist will work with you to develop tools and techniques for managing your thoughts, and coping with stressful situations when they arise.
Your therapist will help you with your stress and anxiety by:
1: Identifying the cause of your anxiety:
Everyone’s anxiety is different, and can be triggered by different situations. Before you can figure out the best way to cope with your anxiety, it is helpful to identify the people, situations, and specific stressors that can lead to increased feelings of anxiety and anxiety attacks.
2: Establishing coping techniques:
Young adults with anxiety disorders often engage in harmful thought patterns, that can make a situation feel much worse than it actually is. By working with your therapist, you will learn how to identify the thought processes that can lead to an anxiety attack. Then, we will help you learn how to redirect your thoughts, limit distorted thinking, and lessen the severity of your anxious reaction.
SUPPORT YOUR ANXIETY TREATMENT WITH SELF CARE
Therapy can help you create the support structures that you need, to manage your anxiety in a healthy way. However, the day to day work of getting better happens at home. There are several lifestyle changes that may help you cope with anxiety and stress.
Just remember that while these strategies are helpful for many teens, everyone is different. That is why it is important to combine lifestyle changes with therapy, so that you can build an effective plan that works best for you.
Some Ways Teens Can Manage Anxiety Include:
- Physical Exercise:Engaging in regular physical activity can help many people with anxiety. Try scheduling a quick morning jog, or participating in a sport that you enjoy.
- Learn techniques to manage your stress:Reducing your overall stress level and paying attention to personal anxiety triggers can help you to manage your anxiety, and prepare for potentially stressful situations rather than being caught off guard.
- Breathing exercises:People with anxiety often experience shallow breathing during an attack. Deep breathing exercises can help you regulate your breath, and relax when anxiety starts to build up.
- Relaxing Visualization:Learn to hold a relaxing image in your mind, and imagine soothing sensations such as aromas and soundscapes that help you to feel calm.
DOES ANXIETY THERAPY TREATMENT WORK FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS?
Teenagers and young adults face unique challenges that can contribute to feelings of anxiety and overwhelming stress. During our teen years, we are just starting to define who we want to be as an adult. Life may be changing very quickly, and we start to have more control over choices, such as where to go to college, what to study, who to date, and so on.
Learning how to manage anxiety at a younger age is a powerful way to regain a sense of control over your life. Teenagers and young adults who have a better understanding of their mental health, can feel empowered as they get older to seek help when they need it, and use healthier coping strategies such as exercise, meditation, and self-care.
It is important to remember that anxiety is a feeling and a thought process. It does not define who you are. By learning where anxiety comes from and how to manage it, you can begin to regain control and feel empowered to embrace life, without worrying as much about anxiety.
We are here to help. Call us at 713-628-3966 to schedule your first appointment. Just one session can help!