In the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2015-2016 data, the leading mental health issue experienced by youth in the United States is Anxiety. In fact, 18.1% of the total adult population in the country are affected by the said mental health disorder each year. As for children and teens, 1 out of 20 suffers from a treatable anxiety problem, according to Science Daily. A 2015 Chicago anxiety statistics report revealed that 12% of millennials are plagued by it. (Report coming from The Chicago School website.)
Why is this happening? What could be the reasons behind this surge of anxiety issues in children and teens of the United States?
Anxiety is the leading problem in youth these days when mental health is concerned. Clinical experts and researchers agree on this statement – depression is not number 1 on the list of “mind” issues in teens; it’s anxiety. The number is rising each year, and yes, it is a huge problem since most of the youth afflicted by it are not treated properly. What is anxiety, anyway, and why is it a problem?
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mental health disorder with a general feeling of fear of what’s to come and the body’s reaction to stress. Mild anxiety is not a problem since it will make you perform better or become productive. The issue arises when the fear is severe, and it happens often.
What Are Some Reasons Why Kids Suffer From Anxiety Disorders?
A variety of reasons can cause anxiety in kids like peer pressure, problems at home or school, bullying, genes, chemical imbalance, surgery, medical factors, substance use and abuse, and more.
How Can We Address This As Parents?
If you notice that your child or teen is restless or always on edge, worrisome to the extreme, irritable, cannot focus or concentrate well, or have trouble sleeping, then, he or she may be suffering from anxiety problems. The first thing you need to do is to bring your child to a psychologist or psychiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Do not disregard this fact. Act fast if you see these issues surface on your child.