One of the most comment affect anxiety has on a young adult is panic attacks . A panic attack can be painful and confusing and if not treated right away can lead into increased anxiety. Being worried about having the panic attack is often what leads one to have a panic attack in the first place.
A recent study of young adults between the ages of 14-16 with anxiety disorders have a 30% higher chance of smoking, using illegal drugs, becoming depressed and being later diagnosed with other anxiety disorders.
Approximately 1/3 of all adults today shows a sign of an anxiety disorder as a young adult. Eight to 10% of young adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at a young age. Teenagers with anxiety often surround themselves within the same circle and likely with have a lower chance of finishing their education and getting good jobs and will possible struggle with relationships.
Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide among young adults and is the third leading cause of death . 90% of suicide victims suffer from a mental illness. Suffering from depression can make a teenager as much as 12 times more likely to attempt suicide. About 33% of young adults never get help for anxiety, but 80% of those who do are successfully treated.
Symptoms at times can be hard to detect in a young adult. Dealing with the changed life has to thrown at a young pubescent adult can be confusing enough. There are things you can look out for, and if you feel your young adult may suffer from anxiety the first thing you should do is sit down with your child and have a heart to heart conversation.
If your young adult is keeping secrets or their mood changed quickly and with no warning talk to them about anxiety. Other symptoms include but are not limited to; anger, substance abuse, fatigue or changes in sleeping behavior, bad hygiene and obsessive behavior.
First do not panic. Remember what it was like to be a young adult and how much things have changed. There are many Website you can go to and educate yourself on the different types of anxiety and what they all mean.
There is therapy treatments of all kids. Be sure to do your research and get your doctors assistance in finding the best therapy for your child. Medication is available as well. Your doctor can guide you to everything you and your child need to know.
Support groups can help the whole family learn and understand how anxiety works and what you can do to help
Understand, love, and support your child. It is the best thing for both of you and without that none of the options for treatment will work as well as they could.
There is no proven way to prevent anxiety 100% but there are ways to help your young adult to keep control.
The most impotent and most effective it to have a close, open relationship with your child. With love and support your child will feel welcome to talk to you about anything they may have on there minds.
Ask everyday how their day was at school and keep up with their homework and studies. Knowing what work your child is doing will help you notice a drop in grades or a lag in homework.
Know who your young adult is spending free time with as well as sitting next to in class. You cannot keep tabs on your child at all times like we would like to but you can know who they know. Before they leave the house ask them who they are going with and find out what they are like. It would be best to meet them before letting your child go out alone with them.
Anxiety disorders in young adults and be frightening and overwhelming. But they can be treated and controlled with proper guidance.