What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal adaptive system that lets the body know when it’s in danger. But anxiety becomes a problem when it’s out of proportion to the situation, and interferes with a person’s ability to function. An overly anxious teen tends to withdraw from activities because she’s too scared or anxious, and her anxiety doesn’t go away with reassurance.
When a child is depressed or anxious, her suffering isn’t the only reason it’s important to get help.
In addition to the disorders themselves, there are many effects of the disorders that may cause lifelong issues. With depression comes low energy and poor concentration, two factors that are likely to have a significant impact on social and academic functioning. Anxiety, and the withdrawal that may come with it, is likewise damaging to social and academic progress.
It’s easy to see the effects of poor academic functioning: falling behind in school undermines a child’s confidence and self-image, and can impact her future if it’s prolonged. But social learning is just as critical as academic learning in childhood and adolescence. This is a time when a girl would normally be learning such things as how to be a daughter, a sister, a friend; with either depression or anxiety, she may miss or fall behind on these critical kinds of learning. These deficits not only put her behind her peers, but in themselves they can compound her depression or anxiety.
Anxiety In Teen Girls
Anxiety and Depression occur in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at risk than boys. Before puberty, the prevalence of mood disorders is about the same in boys and girls—3 to 5 percent. But by mid-adolescence girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20 percent.
Why such a big disparity in mood disorders? We know from looking at brain scans that there are differences in the way girls and boys process emotional stimuli. Girls mature, in terms of their emotional recognition, faster than boys—and that sensitivity could make them more vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
Managing anxiety and depression all starts with having a positive attitude, which is an important part of our treatment program at SCINSU. A positive attitude replaces negative thoughts of comparison and inadequacy with feelings of gratitude and courage to overcome.
We also believe that passion interest mapping is an important part of treating anxiety and depression. When we focus on developing an interest, skill, or talent it becomes a passion and leads to a sense of purpose and fullfillment.
We Can Help
At SCINSU, we have an effective and proven approach to creating positive change and growth. Our patented, 5-step program is unlike any other and is individualized for each and every student. Our team is committed and passionate about providing specialized therapy and teaching important principles and skills that lead to renewed passion, purpose, and fulfillment.