Archive for the 'Adolescent Anxiety' Category

Counseling Teen Panic Anxiety Phoenix, Cave Creek, Scottsdale Arizona

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

There are many uncomfortable sensations one can feel in your body during panic. Some individuals feel dizzy and disconnected from reality. These sensations in your body are due to over breathing. When faced with a threat that is imagined our bodies take in more oxygen to run from the alleged danger. many people feel cold hands or  tingly hands.  This may be due to blood flow being redirected from your hands and feet to to muscles that are important for survival. Some people feel blurry vision. Individuals pupils can dilate to perceive imagined or real danger. This makes your vision extra sensitive in your field of vision. Some people feel difficulty concentrating and this is because there is less blood flow to your head and more blood flow going to muscles. Many people feel increases in sweating. Sweating cools off your body so you don’t overheat. Many feel upset stomachs or stomach aches. Some people feel nauseated  due to blood flow being directed to other muscles in your body as well. Many people feel difficulty breathing. Taking in so much oxygen and breathing out a lot of CO2 can make one feel overwhelmed. Ones heart may begin racing, your heart beats faster to supply more oxygen to your vital organs. Some people feel very shaky. The hormones epinephrine and adrenaline get released because you feel like our are in danger. Adrenaline directs blood to your muscles to create strength and the increase blood flow to muscles can make you feel off balance.

There are many skills to help manage panic and anxiety. Some research based techniques are : cognitive behavioral therapy, Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness therapy, Progressive relaxation, VMBR Visual Motor behavior rehearsal.

There are many reasons that are unique to each teen in relation to anxiety. Genetics is always unique and has an impact on anxiety so biologically you come into the world with genes that may be more or less prone to anxiety disorders. Your environment plays a huge role on stress and anxiety and how you cope with it. Some families have parents that teach their children skills to manage stress at a young age and some do not. Some families have a mixed approach with each parent doing their own parenting skills to address anxiety and stress. So the biggest factors in anxiety disorders are : Genetics, Life experiences, how we group up in our families , and environmental influences.

Anxiety disorders in teens can become worse at times with: side effect of a medication, emotional health issues, Alcohol or substance use or dependence, Marijuana use or dependence, Trauma ( emotional, mental, or physical ), long term stress, a family history of anxiety and or depression, and chemical imbalances in the brain.

 

Anxiety can be triggered by any physical pain in your body, stressful events ( school, moving, bullying etc), work stress issues, school anxiety and stress in school with peers or academics, illness and health issues, relationship issues with friends or family or others.

There are many evidence based techniques that are used in teen counseling and psychotherapy to help a teen manage his anxiety. One very powerful technique that has been around over 60 years is CBT Cognitive behavioral Therapy and it is very powerful. Teens can learn CBT and use CBT skill at home or wherever they are and this helps them gain strength in that they can control and manage their anxiety. I could go on about how great CBT therapy, however, I am going to give you a very brief synopsis for you. CBT looks at thoughts that are unhealthy, distorted , and not supported by facts. CBT then identifies feelings associated with these unhealthy thoughts. CBT then helps the client identify why these thought are distorted and allows the client to change the thought to a healthier more accurate thought. It is through theses exercises awe are able to see a huge reduction in anxiety and stress and well as other emotions the are not working for us at the time.

There is another exercise called VMBR that helps client’s bring in all senses: hearing , feeling, seeing, smell, and taste and allows the client to create a short video movie of themselves showing them confident, safe, tranquil and able to perform said task or overcome the anxiety that is getting in their way. It could be of taking a test at school or kicking a field goal, or going to school, or meeting a girlfriend, or a job interview.

Progressive Relaxation techniques tied in with diaphragmatic breathing techniques are an excellent evidence based skill that can be learned and used at home or out in the world. Research shows that when muscles are relaxed the body will follow and I believe everyone should use progressive relaxation for anxiety and stress management.

Mindfullness is an exercise that helps one learn to stay in the moment and not get caught up in the past or caught up in future thoughts. Mindfulness helps one notice thoughts like they are passing through like a cloud as well as feelings and does not allow the thought or feeling to rule ones day. Acceptance of self and learning self compassion and empathy as well as non criticisms or non judgment is important as well. Setting boundaries and effective communication skills is important to build healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Emotional regulation skills are helpful in managing ones anxiety before it builds and gets bigger for oneself.

Lifeworksaz.com has been working with youth and families for over 18 years in Phoenix AZ and Valleywide. David Abrams MAPC, LPC has a great deal of experience working with anxiety issues. You can read more about him at www.lifeworks.com and read testimonials as well.

Teen Anxiety Counseling Phoenix, Cave Creek, Scottsdale Az

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

There are many reasons that are unique to each teen in relation to anxiety. Genetics is always unique and has an impact on anxiety so biologically you come into the world with genes that may be more or less prone to anxiety disorders. Your environment plays a huge role on stress and anxiety and how you cope with it. Some families have parents that teach their children skills to manage stress at a young age and some do not. Some families have a mixed approach with each parent doing their own parenting skills to address anxiety and stress. So the biggest factors in anxiety disorders are : Genetics, Life experiences, how we group up in our families , and environmental influences.

Anxiety disorders in teens can become worse at times with: side effect of a medication, emotional health issues, Alcohol or substance use or dependence, Marijuana use or dependence, Trauma ( emotional, mental, or physical ), long term stress, a family history of anxiety and or depression, and chemical imbalances in the brain.

 

Anxiety can be triggered by any physical pain in your body, stressful events ( school, moving, bullying etc), work stress issues, school anxiety and stress in school with peers or academics, illness and health issues, relationship issues with friends or family or others.

There are many evidence based techniques that are used in teen counseling and psychotherapy to help a teen manage his anxiety. One very powerful technique that has been around over 60 years is CBT Cognitive behavioral Therapy and it is very powerful. Teens can learn CBT and use CBT skill at home or wherever they are and this helps them gain strength in that they can control and manage their anxiety. I could go on about how great CBT therapy, however, I am going to give you a very brief synopsis for you. CBT looks at thoughts that are unhealthy, distorted , and not supported by facts. CBT then identifies feelings associated with these unhealthy thoughts. CBT then helps the client identify why these thought are distorted and allows the client to change the thought to a healthier more accurate thought. It is through theses exercises awe are able to see a huge reduction in anxiety and stress and well as other emotions the are not working for us at the time.

There is another exercise called VMBR that helps client’s bring in all senses: hearing , feeling, seeing, smell, and taste and allows the client to create a short video movie of themselves showing them confident, safe, tranquil and able to perform said task or overcome the anxiety that is getting in their way. It could be of taking a test at school or kicking a field goal, or going to school, or meeting a girlfriend, or a job interview.

Progressive Relaxation techniques tied in with diaphragmatic breathing techniques are an excellent evidence based skill that can be learned and used at home or out in the world. Research shows that when muscles are relaxed the body will follow and I believe everyone should use progressive relaxation for anxiety and stress management.

Mindfullness is an exercise that helps one learn to stay in the moment and not get caught up in the past or caught up in future thoughts. Mindfulness helps one notice thoughts like they are passing through like a cloud as well as feelings and does not allow the thought or feeling to rule ones day. Acceptance of self and learning self compassion and empathy as well as non criticisms or non judgment is important as well. Setting boundaries and effective communication skills is important to build healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Emotional regulation skills are helpful in managing ones anxiety before it builds and gets bigger for oneself.

Lifeworksaz.com has been working with youth and families for over 18 years in Phoenix AZ and Valleywide. David Abrams MAPC, LPC has a great deal of experience working with anxiety issues. You can read more about him at www.lifeworks.com and read testimonials as well.

Marijuana induced Anxiety, Panic Attacks Teens and Children

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Overall, based on available research, it does appear that marijuana can cause anxiety, and isn’t a great treatment for anxiety. Should you decide to continue (or start) using marijuana, remember that you absolutely need to combine it with non-medical, non-medicinal treatments.

The most common unpleasant side-effects of occasional marijuana use are anxiety and panic reactions. These effects may be reported by users, and they are a common reason for discontinuation of use; more experienced users may occasionally report these effects after receiving a much larger than usual dose of THC.

Marijuana smoking or ingestion of THC increases the heart rate by 20-50% within a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour; this effect lasts for up to 3 hours. Blood pressure is increased while the person is sitting, and decreased while standing.

The majority of all adverse responses to marijuana are panic reactions in which people begin to fear that they are dying or losing their minds. Panic reactions, or “bad trips”, may become so severe as to be incapacitating. Experts reports that roughly 50% of marijuana smokers in the United States have on some occasion experienced this adverse reaction.The most common disturbing reaction to marijuana is acute anxiety. The user becomes fearful of dying or going insane. Mounting anxiety may lead to panic.

Most studies contribute a panic attack to THC, the psychoactive part of the plant. Strains that are higher in cannabidiol (CBD) tend to counter THC. This would mean medical strains or an indica, which has a higher ratio of cannabidiol to THC than a sativa, which is mainly THC. Cannabidiol has anti-anxiety properties that counter the effect of THC. This is probably because it decreases the rate of THC to clear from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver. It is also responsible for a majority of the medicinal properties of cannabis and relieves things like convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.

A substance-induced anxiety disorder is  categorized based on whether the prominent feature is generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, or phobia symptoms. In addition, the disorder is  based on whether it began during intoxication on a substance or during withdrawal from a substance. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during substance use can last as long as the drug is used. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during withdrawal may first manifest up to four weeks after an individual stops using the substance.

Anxiety Counseling Therapy Teen Adult Scottsdale Phoenix Arizona Ahwatukee

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Stress and anxiety takes many forms and can present itself in many
different situations. It can impact social situations, friendships,
academics and work. Anxiety can cause someone to avoid getting a job or
moving into a new situation that is better for the individual
however the anxiety is keeping the person stuck. Depression and anxiety
are close relatives however you can see how not taking
action on something you desire can impact your mood in a negative way.
Anxiety can impact sleep and lack of sleep or interrupted sleep
will negatively impact mood, energy, performance and more. Anxiety is
seen weekly in college football where great athletes get stressed out
and : drop wide open passes, mishandle punts, miss field goals that are
made in practice, throw interceptions, mis assignments,
miss standard tackles, make mental mistakes that impact the team in a
negative manner.

Some common forms of anxiety: social anxiety, generalized anxiety,
separation anxiety, performance anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
and more. All of these can be managed through various tools that are
evidence based.

Lifeworksaz.com counseling and therapy teaches tools that will help
manage anxiety and stress. It is a collaborative effort to help
with each child or adults anxiety challenge. An initial assessment is
done to look at all aspects of ones life from birth till present:
including academics, development, parenting,self esteem, family,
medical, social, behavioral, emotional, mental, mood, stressors,
positive strengths of each individual and more.

After the assessment David will create unique service plan to address
areas of concern. There are many great research based tools
that are taught depending on the challenged areas. Some evidence based
tools that have great success treating anxiety are:
cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, Progressive Relaxation Tools, CBT
Mindfulness tools. David has a history of success using the above
mentioned skills. David also has a history of success working with
children and teens that have anxiety. David uses play therapy, art
therapy, sports therapy games, talk therapy combined with CBT and more
to facilitate rapport and create desired change.

If you go to lifeworksaz.com you can read testimonials from parents and
adults that suffered from anxiety as well as many
professionals and experts that have observed David and his work.

Teen child adolescent anxiety Ahwatukee, anthem Az.

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Meditation can reduce anxiety. Researchers have know this for years . The specific brain mechanism connected to reducing the anxiety has not been pin pointed . However studies show that certain areas or regions of the brain are activated or deactivated in relationship to relief from anxiety .

In one study anxiety was reduced by almost 40 percent . A study revealed that anxiety relief is associated with activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex , areas of the brain that are involved in executive – level functioning.

During meditation their was more action in the v p c the area of the brain that controls worrying . Also noted in the study was that present findings reveal that the brain regions associated with meditation related anxiety relief are remarkably consistent with the concept of being mindful.

Research has shown meditation can be helpful with depression and anxiety disorders .

Anxiety disorders that impact over forty million Americans are the most common psychiatric mental health disorder in the USA. Exercise is a great tool for relief of stress and is also important to help manage anxiety as well as depression and other health disorders .

Researchers studying anxiety state that a 15 min brisk walk can help alleviate anxiety symptoms and exercise for a longer duration can be helpful as well .

Studies in science show that regular exercise works as well as medications for some to reduce anxiety symptoms and depression . A very vigorous exercise session can help alleviate anxiety and depressive symptoms in many people . Those that sit at home on a computer and watch a lot of tv without exercising have much higher rates of anxiety and depression . Many teens are addicted to technology and are not receiving the daily exercise needed . Setting limits on sedentary activities is important for your child or teens health .

Finding a health daily routine is helpful for reducing anxiety . Bedtime routines and daily routines will help reduce anxiety .

Look at ways to manage your stress and reduce stress in the home . Manage anger in the home .

Teens can decrease anxiety and stress by : eating regularly , avoiding excess caffeine , avoiding drugs and alcohol , learning healthy communication skills , relaxation exercises , decrease negative self talk, feel good about doing a good Job not looking for perfectionism , find positive supportive friends . By using these skills children and teenagers can build a confident foundation of skills to cope with life’s stress and anxiety .

Anxiety Disorder Counseling Child Adolescents Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, AZ

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Child anxiety disorders in adolescents. , teens , and children should be addressed so the child can receive treatment . Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based therapy that shows positive results however there are other therapies that are beneficial . Rapport is a vital piece in the therapeutic alliance to create desired change in children .

Twenty three percent of youth, kids, teens suffer from anxiety disorders including: separation anxiety , obsessive compulsive disorder , generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress disorders and more . Children that have been exposed to trauma and abuse can have a number of anxiety conditions .

Child anxiety disorders that go untreated can often bloom into : substance abuse , depression, other anxiety disorders and poor social skills and low self esteem .

Anxiety disorders can lead to a negative pattern of avoiding situations socially that are essential to success in relationships, work, education , and other areas in life . Many children and teens today stay in their rooms and play video games. The child enjoys the video games because they have a lot of stimuli and reinforce playing with many psychological research tools that keep a child wanting to play the games. Many adolescents and children are playing: Call of duty, World of War Craft, Zelda, Black Ops, Mind Craft, Grand Theft Auto, and more. It is comfortable for many youth to play these games because they can avoid human interactions and can avoid dealing with emotional issues.

Children in the USA are losing social skills because they are: playing games online, video games, watching you tube, watching tv, on social network sites, and they simply are not interacting face to face with peers. It is important to help your child break the technology addiction or comfort zone. Many children need to work on their negative thought process that is keeping them stuck in their rooms . Building self esteem and confidence is vital to healthy social skills. Learning communication tools is also very important to build a strong foundation for success. Social anxiety can be the root of avoiding social interactions and playing video games and technology to an excess.

Lifeworksaz teaches children a variety of evidence based tools to overcome and manage social anxiety as well as other types of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills, DBT skills, Progressive relaxatiion skills, mindfulness, and many more tools will help your child socially. Testimonials can be found at lifeworksaz.com .

Anxiety worry adolescent teens

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Constant worry about the future is not healthy. Many times we worry
about events that never happen.

Stress and worry impact the heart and cardiovascular system.

When stress is out of control it threatens balance, sleep, and mood at
it may be time for counseling and psychotherapy.

David R Abrams
Life Works AZ PLLC
David@Lifeworksaz.com
602 575 4030

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.