Adolescent/Teen Anxiety Therapy, Bucks County, Pa.

If you are visiting this page you or your adolescent are suffering from some form of Anxiety. Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, teens with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry about every day situations. Anxiety can be a general feeling of anxiety over most of the day, social anxiety, anticipatory anxiety before certain events, sports performance anxiety or another form not mentioned. Anxiety can be debilitating and can take away from quality of life. Feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control and are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long tine. To see your adolescent anxious can be scary and can stir up a lot of feelings in the parents. Anxiety can be genetic or it can caused by a trauma such as a car accident, divorce, sexual assault, or a bullying incident.

SYMPTOMS OF ADOLESCENT ANXIETY

-feeing restless, nervous or tense

– having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

-having an increased heart rate

-breathing rapidly (hyperventilation

– sweating, trembling, feeling weak or tired

-trouble concentrating or thinking about anything but the present worry

-having trouble sleeping

-experiencing gastrointestinal problems

-having difficult controlling worry

-having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

TYPES OF ANXIETY

-agoraphobia

-generalized anxiety disorder

-panic disorder

-social anxiety

-sports performance anxiety

TREATMENT FOR ADOLESCENT ANXIETY

The first step is an Intake Evaluation with a therapist in our office. We will assess the severity of type of anxiety. We will also determine whether medication is an option that the family would like to consider for the adolescent, and if so, set up a psychiatric visit at that time. The treatment will involve talk therapy, developing DBT skills, possible medication and some behavior techniques to lessen or alleviate the anxiety. With the adolescents written consent with collaborate with parents, guidance counselors and family doctors.