Managing Anxiety (Teen)
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After being diagnosed with anxiety, you may be relieved to know why you have felt or behaved a certain way. You may also feel overwhelmed about the treatment ahead and what it will mean for your life. With care and support, you can manage your anxiety.
Understanding the difference between stress and anxiety
Although stress can play a role in anxiety, it is not the same as anxiety. Stress is your body's reaction to life changes and events, both good and bad. Stress is often caused by something external, such as a deadline, test, or competition. It normally goes away after the event has ended and will last just a few hours. But, stress can be ongoing and can lead to more than just stress.
Anxiety is caused by something internal, such as imagining a terrible outcome or worrying that something will go wrong that will greatly upset you. Anxiety often does not go away even after the event is over, and it can become a long-term (chronic) worry.
Lowering stress and anxiety
Choose a tension-reduction technique that fits your lifestyle and personality. Techniques to reduce anxiety and tension take time and practice. Set aside 5–15 minutes a day to do them. Therapists can offer counseling for anxiety and training in these techniques.
When used together, medicines, psychotherapy, and tension-reduction techniques may be the most effective treatment.
Relationships can play a big part in helping you recover. Spend more time talking with a trusted friend or family member about your thoughts and feelings. Find two or three people who you think might help.
Try to recognize when your condition is getting worse. Contact your provider if your symptoms interfere with home, school, or work, and you feel like your condition is not getting better.
If methods for calming yourself are not working, or if your anxiety gets worse, you should get help from a mental health provider. Talking with your provider or a counselor is not a sign of weakness. Certain types of counseling can be very helpful in treating anxiety.
Talk with your provider or counselor about what treatment options are right for you.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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