Teen Panic Disorder
Hyper-arousal or panic occurs when a person faces a dangerous situation. Aimed to protect us, the body initiates a reflex reaction and stimulates various brain areas to trigger the fight or flight response. Simultaneously, the brain begins releasing adrenaline and other hormones throughout the body in order to counter the threat and to survive. However, some people may experience this feeling of panic even without a dangerous event being triggered. Often, teens will experience panic attacks due to unexplained levels of overpowering fear. If these panic attacks occur frequently and often, without any obvious triggering event, it is very likely that they are suffering from a panic disorder.
Causes of Teen Panic Disorder
The higher rates of developing teen panic disorder are seen in those who have family members with panic disorder or other anxiety disorders. Generally, panic disorder starts in late adolescence or early adulthood, while panic attacks may begin in childhood or in the early teen years. Usually, teens suffering from teen panic disorder have immediate family members with panic disorder or are experiencing traumatic incidents like abuse, insult, or major loss. Marijuana use can also cause teen panic disorder. Panic Disorder should always be diagnosed by an expert mental health doctor or clinical psychologist.
Symptoms of Teen Panic Disorder
The major symptoms include: Racing heartbeat; heart palpitations; sweating; shaking and trembling; nausea; intense fear; shortness of breath; numbness in hands and feet; discomfort or chest pain; feeling of choking; fear of dying; fear of losing control; feeling unsteady or faint, and hot or cold flashes.
How to deal with someone in your life that has been diagnosed with Teen Panic Disorder?
- Panic Disorder is treatable. Hence, encourage the person to initiate /continue treatment.
- Be supportive and be a good listener. Listen to his or her worries, fear, and thoughts carefully.
- Don’t be judgmental. Judging the person can make him or her more self conscious. He or she may stop sharing thoughts and emotions.
- Provide positive feedback. Praise him or her when he or she is doing great work.
- Guide the teen for relaxation. Encourage him or her to join yoga classes and advise him or her to exercise regularly such as walking and swimming.
- Inspire him or her to live a healthy life. Healthy and nutritious eating habits, at least eight hours of sleep per night, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle will boost his or her energy and mood.
- A teen with panic disorder may try to hide out alone. Inspire him or her to be socially active. Encourage him or her to spend time with friends, play his or her favorite sports and spend time outside the house for fresh air. You can also join in activities to help them feel safe.
Treatment at Hillcrest
Hillcrest Adolescent Treatment Center (Hillcrest) is a tranquil, rehabilitation oasis expertly designed to treat adolescents struggling with teen panic disorder. The magnificent residential facility is based in the tropical foothills of Agoura Hills, California. Rustic, yet elegant, it is uniquely situated and designed to provide and nurture healing on all levels, while focusing on the key principles of mind-body health.
Healing is accelerated when all states of being are nurtured. Hillcrest provides a healing environment that is multi-faceted, including, the ultimate balance of elegant accommodation, expansive green natural outdoors, nutritious meals, and wholesome healing programs, in order to ensure that recovery is deep-rooted and long-lasting. At Hillcrest you and your loved one are supported by our professional and dedicated staff every step of the way, both during and post treatment.