Living with a mental illness such as anxiety can be difficult. One of the first ways you can ease your stress is by educating yourself on the diagnosis so that you have a fuller awareness and understanding of what you’re going through. If you’re looking for materials to begin that process, here are six articles worth checking out.
1. “Teen Rehab Breaks Down Anxiety”
If you’re not sure what anxiety is, this article is a great place to start. Gain a background understanding of signs, symptoms and opportunities for treatment in this succinct piece.
2. “Anxiety and Teens”
For further background understanding of anxiety, WebMD offers an excellent, unbiased overview that details causes, symptoms and recovery.
3. “6 Effective Treatments for Teen Anxiety”
If you have been diagnosed with anxiety, you might be wondering what options you have to manage and treat your symptoms. This article outlines six helpful strategies that you can try. Above all else, don’t be afraid to ask others or a mental health professional for support.
4. “I Don’t Hate You, I Have Social Anxiety”
This Huffington Post article shares one person’s experience with social anxiety. It illustrates common symptoms and their significance while also offering some words of wisdom for those who are living with this diagnosis or know someone living with it.
5. “The Key Differences Between Social Anxiety and Shyness”
Continuing to build understanding about social anxiety, this article outlines the differences between shyness (which is a personality trait) and social anxiety (which is a mental health diagnosis). While these can often be confused, this article helps to create some clarity and understanding.
6. “Panic Disorders”
If you struggle with a panic disorder or with panic attacks, this page by the National Institute on Mental Health can help provide information and understanding on this consequence of anxiety.
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