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Anxiety and Adolescents

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Matt Mlynarczyk

on 28 February 2018

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Anxiety and Adolescents

Matt Mlynarczyk, MFT-C
School- Based/
Outpatient Services

The Center for Mental Health

What are Anxiety Disorders?
- Excessive Worry
- Difficulty to control the worry
- Restlessness
- Easily fatigued/ Sleep disturbance
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Irritability
- Muscle Tension
Symptoms and Signs
So, what can we do about it?
Effects of Anxiety Disorders
- Poor performance in school
- Behavioral problems
- Dropping out of School
- Committing petty crimes
- Teen pregnancy
- Missing out on social engagements
- Substance use/ abuse


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Assists in becoming aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so that a person can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Desensitization/ Exposure
1. Identification of anxiety inducing stimulus.

2. Learning a mindfulness practice, and coping techniques.

3. To apply the techniques in high stress/ anxious producing situations.
Anxiety refers to anticipation of a future concern and is associated with worry, muscle tension, and avoidance behavior.
Common Diagnoses
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Substance- Induced Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Adolescent Specifiers:
- School refusal
- Effects of bullying
- Social discomfort
- Somatic complaints
What is responsible for change?
There are two primary methodologies
What about symptoms of anxiety as relational distress?
Emotion Coaching
1. Attend the Emotion
2. Name it
3. Validate the Emotion
4. Meet the Need
5. Problem-solve
What can we do to face the dragon together?
From cradle to grave life is best experienced as a series of excursions out from a secure base and back to that safe haven.

-John Bowlby
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