ANXIETY can be experienced at any age though it is not uncommon for children to feel anxiety for the first time when they reach the teen years.

There are physical and emotional signs that your might pick up on which will help you to recognise when your teen is feeling anxious.

Teens may complain of their pulse racing, feeling sick and 'headachy', that they feel muddled and confused, and as though they’re going to faint.

They may experience numbness or tingling sensations in their hands, as well as flushing in and around the face and neck. Feeling this way can prevent your child from learning effectively and may prevent them from socialising too.

Find time to sit down with your child and listen to how they are feeling. This is very common complaint which can be very overwhelming and scary. It can affect their school work and social life.

Help them to identify times when anxiety is high for them and help them to unpick why this is the case.

Teaching your teen how to problem solve may help to reduce the anxiety attacks. Try to work together with teachers and staff at school to ensure your child is supported through times of high anxiety.

Anxiety won’t just go away - it has to be treated. Seek medical help and get your child checked out by the doctor - they will be best placed to guide you through the different therapies that are available.

Try to stay patient and positive. These feelings will be managed in time with the right support and guidance.


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