Teen Phobia is a type of Anxiety Disorder in which a teen experiences severe anxiety, related to a specific thing, person, or experience. Some of the most common examples of phobias are connected include: snakes, flying, enclosed spaces, social phobias, sharp objects, and fear of water. For teens with a Phobia, the stress surrounding this particular trigger can be so overwhelming that it can lead to panic attacks and/or other negative symptoms.
Symptoms related to Teen Phobia surface and are aggravated when triggered. Depending on the context of the trigger and nature of the occurrence, symptoms may differ, but can often extend to include:
- Panic attacks
- Extreme avoidance of particular trigger
- Withdrawing from others, in order to avoid trigger
- Worsening symptoms over time, when triggered
It’s also important to note that because it’s common for teens to have a Phobia along with another Co-Occurring Disorder, symptoms can often overlap with the other condition as well.
Teen Phobia Treatment varies according to the individual teen, and especially according to what other Co-Occurring Disorders may be present, such as other anxiety disorders or substance abuse disorders. With that said, it’s common for teens to avoid potentially triggering situations, as a means to self-treating their phobias. However, the obvious vulnerability with this strategy is that, once in contact with the trigger, the teens have no strategy to deal with the arising stress and potential panic.
With that said, treatment for Teen Phobia often involves a combination of individual and group therapy and sometimes, medication. In talk therapy sessions, therapists work with teens to evaluate the thought patterns that occur in relation to the phobia, which lead to such negative, overwhelming outcome. By helping teens to identify this process, therapists can often help teens to simultaneously learn useful strategies in fending off trigger symptoms in healthy ways, as well as dealing with symptoms, when they do arise.
Very often what we find is that by equipping teens to navigate anxiety when it arises, they feel more in control of themselves and their reactions, which in and of itself lessens the power of the specific triggers at hand. Beyond working with teens to address the anxiety regarding their phobia, therapists also work to help teens identify and work through any other emotional underpinnings that are present.
Paradigm New York:
Paradigm New York is a residential teen treatment facility, located in New York, just outside of beautiful New York City. Paradigm New York provides Teen Phobia Treatment to teens from New York as well as all over the United States. At Paradigm New York, we pride ourselves in the individualized, thorough care we provide to teens, which is made possible by our high staff-to-teen ratio and our commitment to keeping our treatment house small, so that we ensure teens have our undivided attention every day, while in treatment. Our approach to Teen Phobia Disorder treatment involves a combination of individual and group therapy sessions, stress reduction, positive practices, and in some cases, medication.