Getting Help for Teenage Anxiety

If you think your child needs to deal with anxiety, ask for professional help as early as possible. You may feel uncomfortable talking to your child about anxiety or other mental health problems. But by talking about anxiety with your child, you give them permission to talk to you. Your child also needs your help to get professional support.

Options for assistance and support include:

School counselor

Psychologist and counselor

Your GP – sometimes teenagers are more comfortable talking to a GP who doesn’t also see their parents, or to a younger doctor or a doctor of the same gender

Your local public health center

Local mental health services.

You can opt for Village Counseling and Wellness for mental health services to help your kid cope with anxiety.

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You can also find helpful information on teens' mental health links and resources page. If you are not sure where to go, your GP can guide you to the most appropriate service for your family. Your child might not want to talk to you about their feelings.

Your child might even say there is nothing wrong. If so, you can suggest secret telephone counseling services for children, such as a children's helpline. 

Anxiety problems and disorders

Most normal anxiety goes away quickly – perhaps in a day or a few hours. An anxiety problem is when anxious feelings:

  • are very intense
  • go on for weeks, months, or even longer
  • get in the way of a young person’s ability to learn, socialize and enjoy daily life.

An anxiety problem could be diagnosed by a health professional as an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder is a mental health problem.