- Is your teen experiencing racing or unwanted thoughts that make it difficult to concentrate?
- Is your teen experiencing physical symptoms such as nausea, heart palpitations, or trembling?
- Is your teen worrying excessively over normal, everyday situations?
- Is your teen avoiding social situations to avoid feeling uncomfortable?
- Is your teen experiencing trouble falling or staying asleep?
- Is your teen struggling with day-to-day aspects of taking care of yourself?
If even on their best day, your teen is worrying about things that have happened in the past or things that could happen in the future, then it’s likely they are struggling with some feelings of anxiety.
At Take Root Therapy, we understand that anxiety is a normal part of life and that we all experience it sometimes. It helps us prepare for that next big exam, and can help us be alert when we are walking down an empty street in a neighborhood we don’t know very well. There are times when anxiety gives us a boost of energy or helps us better navigate a threatening situation. One of our clients has said that anxiety can be “like a trusted sidekick,” and in the situations described above, it’s clear that anxiety can be quite helpful.
Anxiety takes many forms, and it doesn’t always appear to be an anxiety disorder. Sometimes it’s just a mild buzzing that you notice at different times in your day, sometimes it’s what keeps you up for hours when you’re trying to go to sleep, and sometimes it can be severely paralyzing.
When anxiety becomes more challenging than the issue that’s prompting it, it becomes clear that it is getting out of hand. And when anxiety is keeping you from doing the things you want to do, and you find yourself worrying about things instead of living the life you’re wanting to live, it might be time to reach out for support. People who are struggling with anxiety can experience both physical and emotional challenges. You might have panic attacks, times when you feel overwhelmed by fear and helplessness, when you feel your heart racing and it becomes hard to even breathe. Or you might notice that you have stomach issues and tension headaches. Some people worry about things so much that they can’t seem to calm down enough to go to sleep.
If any of this sounds familiar from your conversations with your teen, and you don’t want them to keep dealing with their anxiety alone, therapy can help.
At Take Root Therapy, we work with our clients to understand their anxiety and to develop a different way of responding to their anxiety. The stress response, the feeling that we all feel when we are in a difficult situation, is natural and is designed to keep us safe. For this reason, there is no cure for anxiety, but there are ways to manage it, especially if it is showing up at times when there is no real threat and it’s getting in the way of your life.
Many of our clients report that, through their work at Take Root Therapy, they are better able to understand their anxiety and their relationship with their anxiety. Clients do the work to figure out where their anxiety comes from, when it started to show up. Your therapist will also help you recognize if there are certain triggers to your anxious feelings and to learn different and useful coping skills to manage the anxiety.