Anxiety is one of the most common problems facing teenagers in schools today. Worry and anxiety are normal reactions to concerns about what might happen in the future. Most teenagers worry at times about school performance, classmates and friends, family, appearance, health, and personal harm. A certain amount of anxiety is healthy, especially when it results in productive action, such as when
we worry about getting a bad grade on a test and, consequently, we study extra hard. We all know what it means to have butterflies in our stomach and to feel restless and tense from time to time. For some of us, though, anxieties and worries begin to control our lives. We may turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to reduce our anxieties or we may avoid participating in regular activities. These actions limit our enjoyment of life. 

Approximately 1 out of 11 teenagers is diagnosed with anxiety severe enough to be considered a disorder, with girls being more likely to develop an anxiety disorder than boys. Common anxiety symptoms that can affect people at any age tend to increase during the adolescent years.

Anxiety Affects Us in Different Ways
Our feelings. The emotions commonly associated with anxiety are discomfort, fear, and dread. We may feel irritable and angry with others or we may feel that everyone is judging us and we can never quite measure up to others’ expectations.

Our body’s response. Sweating, nausea, shaking, headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and generally being on edge are among the body’s physiological responses to anxiety. Some of us may also experience dizziness, shortness of breath, and an accelerated heartbeat.

Our behaviors. Some of us who are anxious often engage in behaviors of avoidance and withdrawal, such as missing school and avoiding social gatherings.

Our thoughts. Some of us have difficulty concentrating when we are worried and anxious. Thoughts may be negative and unrealistic, and consequently events may be misinterpreted. For example, Mike may be worried about his acne. When he walks by a group of girls in the hallway and they are laughing, he is certain that they are laughing at him. In reality, they were not talking about him and did not even notice
that his face broke out, but he starts to avoid talking to girls and keeps his head down whenever his skin breaks out


Test Anxiety