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Anxiety in Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition that causes you to feel extremely worried or nervous. The feelings are so strong that they can cause problems with your daily activities or sleep. Anxiety may be triggered by something you fear, such as something happening to a parent or friend. Anxiety may happen without a cause. You may feel anxiety only at certain times, such as before you give a presentation in school. Anxiety can become a long-term condition if it is not managed or treated.

What increases my risk for anxiety?

What other common signs and symptoms may occur with anxiety?

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider when your symptoms began, what triggers them, and if anxiety affects your daily activities. Your provider may ask about your past or present drug, alcohol, or nicotine use. It may be hard to talk about these. Honest answers can help your provider understand what triggers your anxiety and anything you do to control it.

How is anxiety treated?

Healthcare providers will treat any medical condition that may be causing your symptoms. Any of the following may also help:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage anxiety in a healthy way?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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