Today’s teenagers struggle with increasing levels of anxiety and a lack of anxiety treatment. Today, over 30 percent of teens struggle with anxiety. Unfortunately, a lack of mental health education, resources, and treatment can lead many teens to suffer without support. Co-occurring issues like anxiety are increasingly common and treatable.
If a teen boy in your life shows signs of anxiety, call us now. Foothills at Red Oak Recovery specializes in holistic anxiety treatment for adolescent boys. Reach our staff at 866.300.5275 to learn more about diagnosing and treating co-occurring issues at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a complex mental, physical, and emotional state of being. People may or may not realize when they are experiencing anxiety, especially when they face continued stressors such as:
- Financial worry
- Economic stress
When anxiety is triggered, the brain goes into fight, flight, or flee mode, which is the body’s built-in response to life-threatening events. It causes a range of physical and emotional symptoms as the brain releases cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream. While this is a natural response to danger, anxiety does not come from present-moment threats. Instead, anxiety is triggered by rumination over the past or future. Someone may experience anxiety when they worry about something they said or did in the past or are worried about the future. For teens, anxiety can present itself in social media and face-to-face social interactions.
Signs My Teen Is Struggling with Anxiety
If nearly one-third of teens live with anxiety, there’s a chance your teen is struggling. For many teens, it’s challenging to recognize anxiety as something treatable and manageable. Anxiety also makes it hard to calm the nervous system, leading many teens to disconnect from their bodies through dissociative activities like drinking or substance abuse.
Signs your teen is struggling with anxiety include:
- Hair pulling and self-harm
- Eyebrow pulling
- Skin picking
- Trouble falling and staying asleep
- Digestive problems
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Anxiety can be overwhelming and debilitating. Many teens may have no idea what’s going on during an anxiety attack. Knowing the triggers and signs of anxiety can help parents support their teens with healthy coping mechanisms and tools to calm the nervous system. For teens with co-occurring issues, anxiety can be a symptom of other mood disorders. It can also lead to other underlying issues. Sadly, many teens feel the need to use drugs or alcohol to relieve their anxiety symptoms, with their substance use quickly spiraling into addiction. That’s why it’s important to get your teen the anxiety support they need.
Helping Teens With Anxiety In North Carolina
If your son or a teen you know is struggling with anxiety, they are not alone. Statistically, 1 in 3 teens will struggle with anxiety at some point during their adolescence. Anxiety education, diagnosis, and treatment can help. At Foothills at Red Oak Recovery, we provide adolescent boys with the support they need to recover from anxiety and other co-occurring issues. Our North Carolina clinic pairs outdoor therapies with evidence-based individual, group, and family counseling for a holistic approach to physical and mental health. Clients at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery love our equine-assisted therapy as they build resilience and disconnect from anxiety triggers in the beautiful North Carolina wilderness. We have programs for teens who are struggling with a wide array of concerns, such as:
- Process addiction
- Disordered eating
- Substance use
Learn More About Teens and Anxiety at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery
Help your teen thrive. Call our team at 866.300.5275 to learn more about the benefits of holistic anxiety treatment at Foothills at Red Oak Recovery today.