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Anxiety Treatment for Teens and Young Adults

Our therapists specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy, a leading anxiety treatment, to provide evidence-based mental healthcare for teens and young adults dealing with anxiety disorders. Fill out the short form below or call us directly to start healing from anxiety today with Charlie Health.

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Anxiety is diagnosed through a comprehensive clinical assessment based on a person’s symptoms, medical history, and relevant social factors. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria are typically used as a guideline for diagnosing specific anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Tests or questionnaires may be used to help with the diagnosis.

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What are the best therapy options for anxiety treatment?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT helps people recognize and change anxious thoughts, like catastrophizing or black-and-white thinking, and replace them with more rational and balanced thoughts. In CBT, people also learn practical coping strategies to manage their anxious symptoms, like relaxation techniques and slow exposure to facing fears.

Psychodynamic relational therapy

Psychodynamic relational therapy helps people with anxiety look at how emotional conflicts and relational dynamics contribute to their anxiety symptoms. By building a strong and open relationship with their therapist, clients can explore their unconscious fears and anxieties and how these affect their current relationships and behaviors. Over time, these insights can help people with anxiety develop coping skills and reduce anxiety symptoms.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) 

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) helps people accept their anxious thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them. It also teaches people mindfulness skills to observe and reduce the impact of anxiety. These skills, over time, help people make choices that are aligned with their values and goals, even when anxiety makes it challenging. Overall, ACT enables people to feel more in control of their anxiety. 

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How does Charlie Health treat anxiety?

Charlie Health takes an integrative approach to creating customized treatment plans for anxiety. Through our multivariate treatment mapping model, we take clients with anxiety as their primary diagnosis and match them into groups with other clients their age struggling with anxiety. 

Creating group connection among peers struggling with the same mental health issues, such as anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, is how we create long-term, sustainable healing. 

Beyond curated groups, though, each client is matched with a primary therapist with extensive training in CBT, relational therapy, and ACT in order to give them the individual therapeutic interventions needed to help them navigate their anxiety, triggers, and relationships.

In their words

Client & family testimonials

Young Adult

“I have never felt so happy with myself.”

I struggled very much with anxiety and panic disorder and depression. I was super nervous about joining Charlie Health but now that I have completed the program, I have never felt so happy with myself. I have been able to control my mental health and live my life.

—Charlie Health Alum

Parent

“My daughter was acting like herself again.”

I really didn’t know what to do for my daughter before Charlie Health. I’ve always felt I’ve been alone in this. I felt so helpless. Within the first week [of her starting Charlie Health], my daughter was acting like herself again. Charlie Health has given my daughter and me lifelong tools to navigate her anxiety and panic attacks. I’ve been blown away. I’m very impressed and very happy.

—Tasia C.

Young Adult

I am very grateful to go through this program. CH has helped me cope with issues that led to my depression and anxiety.

—Micah

What are the challenges of treating anxiety?

Anxiety presents differently and can vary in severity from person to person, so it can take some trial and error to find the best treatment option. Also, sticking to treatment can be hard since many people with anxiety struggle with avoidance behaviors and may find it challenging to commit to exposure-based therapies. People may also face challenges like delaying treatment due to stigma and dealing with co-occurring mental health issues. 

How effective is therapy for treating anxiety?

Studies show that therapy can be highly effective in treating anxiety and reducing anxiety symptoms, which is why it’s often the first line of treatment for anxiety. While the results may differ from person to person, therapy often provides people with coping skills to manage anxious thoughts and feelings

FAQs on Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural and adaptive response to stress or perceived threats. It involves feelings of unease, worry, and apprehension, often accompanied by physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, and muscle tension.

While occasional anxiety is common, it becomes a concern when it becomes chronic and interferes with daily life. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive, persistent anxiety and can benefit from various treatments, including therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.

What are the main types of anxiety?

Some of the main types of anxiety disorders are as follows:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Excessive worry and anxiety about various aspects of life
  • Panic disorder: Recurrent and unexpected panic attacks
  • Specific phobias: Intense fear of specific objects or situations
  • Social anxiety: An intense fear of social situations and a persistent worry about being judged or embarrassed in front of others.
  • Separation anxiety disorder: Excessive fear of separation from attachment figures, often seen in children.

Symptoms of anxiety

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Excessive worry, fear, and restlessness
  • Irritability
  • A sense of impending doom
  • Rapid heart rate and shortness of breath
  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Avoiding anxiety-inducing situations or triggers

It’s important to understand that not everyone with anxiety will have all these symptoms, and their severity and duration can vary widely.

Is anxiety different for teens and young adults?

Teens and young adults may face different challenges, meaning that their anxiety symptoms can manifest differently. For example, young people may be anxious about school, friends, or future jobs. Also, anxiety can make young people feel more irritable, and they may take more risks. It’s important to notice these signs and connect people with support, like therapy, to prevent possible long-term issues.

How common is anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health conditions globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 3.6% of people worldwide have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can happen to anyone at any age, but it’s most commonly diagnosed in younger people and often begins in childhood.

What causes anxiety?

The causes of anxiety vary from person to person, but it is believed to be a result of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. Genetic predisposition, brain chemistry imbalances, and chronic stress or trauma can all contribute to anxiety.

Anxiety treatment at Charlie Health

If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, Charlie Health is here to help. 

Our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) offers more than once-weekly therapy for young people with complex mental health needs and their families—including those with anxiety. 

Charlie Health’s expert clinicians use evidence-based therapies in group sessions, individual therapy, and family therapy to ensure holistic, long-term healing. Coping with anxiety can be challenging, but remember: you are not alone, help is available. Fill out our short form to get started today.

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