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Common Forms of Anxiety Among Teens & Young Adults & Tips for Managing Them


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Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people, including teens and young adults. It can come in different forms, each with its own unique set of symptoms and challenges.


In this blog post, we will focus on three types of anxiety: generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and panic attacks. We will explore the symptoms of each type and provide three tips for managing them.


What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?


Generalized anxiety is characterized by excessive worry and anxiety about everyday things, such as school, work, or relationships. Teens or young adults with this challenge may feel like something bad is going to happen all the time, even if there is no real reason to worry.


Some common symptoms of generalized anxiety include:

  • Restlessness

  • Fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Sleep disturbances

If you or your teen are struggling with generalized anxiety, there are several strategies that can help manage the symptoms.


Tips for Managing Generalized Anxiety


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Below are some of the more common tips and techniques in managing generalized anxiety that are supported by research and found to be effective when used regularly:


Practice Mindfulness Techniques


Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be an effective way to manage teen anxiety and anxiety in young adults. Mindfulness can help to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce rumination, and increase self-acceptance.


Encourage your teen or young adult to try mindfulness meditation for a few minutes each day, which can help them to feel more relaxed and calm.


Get Regular Exercise


Exercise is a natural way to reduce stress and anxiety. Encourage your teen or young adult to engage in regular physical activity, such as running or biking, to help release endorphins and promote relaxation.


Make Time for Relaxation


It's essential to take time for self-care and relaxation. Encourage your teen or young adult to schedule regular breaks to relax and do something they enjoy, such as reading or taking a bath. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety in everyday life.


What is Social Anxiety Disorder?


Social anxiety is characterized by an intense fear of social situations, such as public speaking, meeting new people, or going to social events. Individuals with social anxiety may avoid these situations altogether or feel significant distress when faced with them.


Some of the more common symptoms of social anxiety include:

  • Sweating

  • Racing heart

  • Shaking

  • Nausea

  • Fear of judgement or embarrassment

  • Avoidance of social situations

If you or your teen are struggling with social anxiety, there are several strategies that can help manage the symptoms.


Tips for Managing Social Anxiety


Below are tips on how to manage social anxiety for teens and young adults. These tips are supported by research and shown to be effective:


Attend Social Skills Training


Social skills training can help teens or young adults with social anxiety to learn new skills and strategies for overcoming their fears. This can include learning how to start a conversation, how to assert oneself, or how to manage anxiety in social situations.


Practice Exposure Therapy


It is common for teens or young adult who struggle with social anxiety to want to avoid public places or being with people. Avoidance helps reduce the anxiety however, it also makes it worse over time.


In order to learn to cope with social anxiety, a teen or young adult has to put themselves in situations to experience it so they can use the skills they learn to manage social anxiety.


Exposure therapy is a type of therapy where individuals gradually expose themselves to feared situations in a controlled and supportive environment. This can help individuals with social anxiety to build confidence and reduce anxiety.


Learn Relaxation Techniques


Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or visualization, can help to reduce social anxiety in teens and young adults and promotes relaxation in social situations. Encourage your teen to practice these techniques regularly to build their coping skills.


What is Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)?


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Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or discomfort that can last for several minutes. These attacks can be debilitating and often involve physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, chest pain, or shortness of breath.


Some common symptoms of panic attacks include:

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Chest pain

  • Feeling of choking

  • Numbness or tingling

If you, your teen, or young adult are struggling with panic attacks, there are several strategies that can help manage the symptoms.


Tips for Managing Panic Attacks


Below are tips for teens and young adults who struggle with panic attacks on how to manage panic attacks. These tips are also supported by research and shown to be effective.


Practice Deep Breathing


Deep breathing can help to reduce symptoms of panic attacks by promoting relaxation and slowing down the body's response to stress. Encourage your teen or young adult to practice deep breathing exercises regularly, which can help them to feel more calm and in control during a panic attack.


Use Positive Self-talk


Positive self-talk can help to counteract negative thoughts and reduce anxiety and panic attacks. Encourage your teen to practice positive self-talk phrases, such as "I can handle this" or "I am strong and capable."


Seek Help & Support from a Teen Therapist or Young Adult Counselor Who Specializes in Teen Therapy and Young Adult Counseling


Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and Panic attacks can be a sign of a more severe life challenge and may require help from a therapist who specializes in teen therapy and young adult counseling.


Encourage your teen to seek help from a therapist who specializes in anxiety treatment or explore options for panic attack treatment.


Wrapping it Up


Anxiety can be a challenging condition to manage, but with the right strategies and support, it is possible to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Encourage your teen or young adult to practice self-care, seek professional help, and learn anxiety management techniques that can help them to feel more relaxed, confident, and in control.


Katy Teen & Family Counseling offers therapists who specialize in teen counseling and therapy for young adults. Our therapist also have experience in helping teens and young adult overcome challenges related to anxiety through social anxiety therapy, panic attack treatment, and counseling for anxiety.


Don't hesitate to reach out for to talk with one of our therapists!


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling: Treating Anxiety, Social Anxiety, & Panic Attacks for Teens & Young Adults

Sugar Land, TX & Houston


When your teen or young adult is struggling, now is the time to act while they are still young. And finding the right therapist is critical.


A therapist who specializes in teen counseling and therapy for young adults and who also has experience in treating anxiety disorders is your best path to take.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, located in Sugar Land, TX, our specialists in teen counseling have helped other teens overcome these challenges with anxiety. We are conveniently located off of US 90 and Dairy Ashford Road.


We also have our Katy, TX location, Katy Teen & Family Counseling, which is located right off of I-10 and Grand Parkway/Hwy 99 in Katy, TX.

If you are ready to meet with one of our teen therapists or young adult therapists, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:


  1. Contact Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling

  2. Talk with one of our caring therapists

  3. Begin the healing process today!

Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling


At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:


Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)



Group Therapy for Teens


Teen Depression

Teen Anxiety

Teen Social Anxiety

Teen Panic Attacks

Body Image


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)



Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling can be very effective. The secret ingredient to success is each person willing to look at themselves and work to do things differently, together. When a marriage counselor or couples therapist has this to work with, the success rate can be very high.


Sometimes life will throw challenges at us that create situations that put strain on our marriage or relationship. It may be due to:


Choices and actions that have been made by one partner.

  • Financial downturn in the economy creating financial strain.

  • Feeling like you're growing apart.

  • Feeling like you don't have as much in common as you used to.

Whatever the reason may be, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help. Couples therapy and marriage counseling has also been found to work in less time than individual therapy.


If you've worked hard for this relationship and find that there are now barriers in the way of maintaining a healthy relationship, contact us at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling.


About the Author


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Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, Katy Counseling for Men, & Katy Teen & Family Counseling.


He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, counseling young adults, and family counseling.


Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing expert coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.


Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our website.


He has also been a guest on Fox 26 Houston and on a podcast, "Grow a Group Practice" with Alison Pidgeon.


If you are ready to start teen counseling or young adult therapy call, text, or email us today!



Phone Number: (832) 979-4989




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