15 Symptoms and Signs of Teens with Anxiety

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Many teens with GAD are worried, filled with dread, and can even feel that life is overwhelming or out of control. The overwhelming stress and anxiety can make it difficult for some teens to unwind and relax, often impacting their ability to sleep. A teen’s anxiety, combined with a lack of sleep, often brings about other related disorders such as depression, eating disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Furthermore, a teen with anxiety commonly displays a variety of physical and behavioral symptoms.

Physical Symptoms of Teens with Anxiety

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Lightheadedness
  3. Lump in throat
  4. Frequently nauseated
  5. Frequent use of restroom
  6. Frequently and easily tired
  7. Trembling and twitching
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Muscle Tension
  10. Headaches
  11. Sweating
  12. Chest Pain
  13. Hot flashes
  14. Headaches
  15. Vomiting

Behavioral Signs of Teens with Anxiety

    1. Startles easily
    2. Difficulties concentrating
    3. Irritability
    4. Exhibits social phobias
    5. Panic attacks
    6. Social withdrawal
    7. Technology or substance abuse
    8. Opposition and anger
    9. Avoidance of challenging situations
    10. Sustained or periodic patterns of depression
    11. Trouble sleeping
    12. Perfectionism
    13. Overly-responsible
    14. Demonstrating excessive avoidance
    15. Refuses to participate in expected activities such as school

These symptoms can often compound the anxiety the teen is already experiencing for fear that others may notice the behaviors; they often hyper-realize their own behaviors while in reality others barely notice them. However, when severe, anxiety in teens can be very debilitating, making it difficult to carry out basic daily activities in social and academic atmospheres. When the anxiety is impacting basic daily activities, it may indicate time to seek additional assistance.