Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful events and can even help us focus an​d work ha​rd on things like homework or studying for a test. But what happens when your anxiety starts taking control of your life? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 8% of teens ages 13-18 have a diagnosabl​e anxiety disorder. That means that 92% of teenagers experience anxiety but do not have an anxiety disorder. So what does anxiety look like and how do you know if you might ​have an anxiety disorder?

Common symptoms of anxiety

  • Feeling nervous
  • Feeling powerless
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry

Know when it's time to talk to your doctor

  • Feelings of anxiety that do not go away and get worse with time
  • Symptoms of anxiety that last for at least six months
  • Trouble sleeping because of the anxiety
  • Not being able to function like you used to because of the anxiety

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