Teen Phobia is a type of Anxiety Disorder in which teens experience intense fear and a sense of panic, triggered by a consistent specific thing, person, or event. Often the fear can be so overwhelming that it produces panic attacks, which are commonly associated with Teen Phobia. While the cause of phobias is not always known, sometimes Teen Phobias can exist in parents and their children, and other times, they may occur following a traumatic event. Moreover, the phobia can produce an onset of panic-like symptoms even when the phobia isn’t present, but simply when the thought of the phobia arises. Teen Phobia Treatment helps alleviate these problems.
Teen Phobias can grow to become problematic in teens’ lives as teens will usually go to extreme lengths to avoid their phobia, which can become disruptive to teens’ healthy daily functioning. For instance, if teens are struggling with a social phobia, this will make it very challenging for them to be able to function and succeed in school and/or in extracurricular activities. This in turn can cause teens to miss important social development lessons and experiences, during the adolescent years. Some of the most common Teen Phobias include: Fear of heights, fear of flying, social fear, fear of water, fear of open spaces, fear of spiders, and fear of sharp objects.
Some of the physical symptoms of Teen Phobia may include but aren’t limited to:
- Shortness of breath
- Sensation of choking
- Elevated heartrate
- Inability to think clearly
- A feeling of being frozen and/or helpless
- Sweating and/or trembling
- Feeling faint/dizzy
- Fear of loss of control
- Fear of fainting
- Fear of dying or others dying
Paradigm Treatment Centers Teen Phobia Treatment:
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we approach Teen Phobia Treatment from a holistic perspective, aiming to address not just the phobia itself, but the entire scope of the teen’s current experiences and quality of life. In individual and group therapy sessions, therapists will work with teens to help them recognize any potential underlying cause for the phobia and to process those deeper emotional aspects. At the same time, part of treatment will also involve helping teens to practice new ways to respond to their anxiety and panic, which arises from the phobia. By helping teens to learn new tools they can employ and healthy ways to cope with stress overall, teens can become empowered to make new choices and be less at the whim of the phobia’s presence and/or the thought thereof. This is especially important if teens are currently prohibited from healthy functioning in some way, due to the phobia. While working with teens in these ways, we also provide support in all areas of their lives, to directly help them with their pertinent challenges, such as those regarding school, physical health, friendships, family dynamics, and more. We also provide many opportunities for teens to explore and experience new healthy behaviors and practices that may add to overall well-being, including things such as meditation, yoga, exercise programs, horseback riding, surfing, and more.