Monday, July 13, 2009

Is this normal...or what?

These days people our age are so stressed out, it seems like worrying about college apps 24/7 or feeling so anxious before a test that you get nauseated is normal. But how do you know when your anxiety is normal and helpful or part of something bigger, like maybe an anxiety disorder?

This article outlines what's considered normal and what's not. The article states,

"The components of problem anxiety include the physical responses to the anxiety (such as palpitations and stomach upset), distorted thoughts that become a source of excessive worry and behavioral changes affecting the usual way one lives life and interacts with others. Left unchecked, problem anxiety may lead to an anxiety disorder."

Obviously, the last thing you want when you're already anxious is to start worrying if you have an anxiety disorder, but if you're feeling totally overwhelmed, it may be time to talk to a doctor or a counselor. You could even call Teen Link! :) (866) 833-6546

Here are some more links that might be helpful:

If you're pretty sure you don't have problem anxiety, but are still stressed out over work, friends, parents, grades, etc. try some of these helpful stress-reducing tips:
  • Get a good night's rest.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Listen to your favorite music.
  • Exercise, participate in a sport or engage in fun activity.
  • Plan out your time and prioritize.
  • Talk to a friend about your problems, don't hold it in. (Blogger's note: if you don't feel like you have someone to talk to, you can always call Teen Link.)
  • Get a massage.
  • Take a nap.
  • Take a warm bath. Use lavendar-scented candles or body wash to help relax you even more.
Read a book or watch TV.
Hope this helps!
Teen Link

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