Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It's the fear of failure but no urge to be productive.  It's wanting friends but hating to socialize. It's wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely.  It's caring about everything then caring about nothing. It's feeling everything at once then feeling paralysingly numb.

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear.  For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.  The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work and relationships. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)

Anxiety can be diagnosed and treated by several types of mental health professionals. Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers and psychiatrists all diagnose and treat anxiety with talk therapy. Only psychiatrists can prescribe medication. 

Basic Information about Stress & Anxiety

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health Conditions (nami.org)

National Institute of Mental Health:Anxiety Disorders (nimh.nih.gov)

Peer-reviewed Journal Article:Anxiety Disorders (nigh.nih.gov)

Stress/Anxiety and Adolescents

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:Families & Youth Resources (aacap.org)

National Organizations that Provide Information about Stress & Anxiety

Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Institute of Mental Health

Child Mind Institute

Articles on Stress & Anxiety in Adolescents

Mood Disorders & Teenage Girls (Childmind.org)

A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom (the atlantic.com) 

Is Anxiety Genetic?(Scientific American)

Resources for Evaluation and/or Treatment

Your pediatrician may be a good starting place if you suspect that your child suffers from anxiety. The pediatrician may be able to educate your family about what constitutes “normal” anxiety and when a child may need help dealing with anxiety. Your pediatrician may also have recommendations for therapists who specialize in treating anxiety.

Knowing When to Seek Help for your Child

To find a therapist, please search our website or go to Mental Health Post

To learn more about how to help your child with anxiety, see:

Anxiety & Mindfulness

Helping Teenagers with Stress at Guide for Helping Teenagers with Stress