Comprehensive Integrative Psychiatric located in Hingham and Duxbury, MA

Helping Your Teen Navigate Life's challenges

About Anxiety

Is your teen  or young  adult going through a tough time? Do you notice changes in their behavior, like decreased happiness or signs of potential issues such as eating disorders or substance abuse? Adolescence can be a rollercoaster ride, and it's essential to provide the right support. Young adults are having difficulty launching from parental homes due to the high costs of living and access to opportunity. 

In this section, we'll explore the benefits of therapy for teens and young adults and how it can help them navigate the challenges they face. From managing stress to addressing mental health concerns, PivotCare Therapy offers a safe space for teens to express themselves and gain valuable tools for coping with life's ups and downs.

We understand that being a teenager isn't always easy, but with the right guidance and support, your teen can thrive during this transformative period. Let's dive into why PivotCare Precision Therapy is an invaluable resource for teenagers and explore how it can make a positive impact on their well-being.

Anxiety and Teenagers

If racing thoughts, nervousness, chest tightness, and dwelling on your worries sound familiar, you could  struggle with an anxiety disorder. At PivotCare Precision Psychiatry, our board-certified nurse practitioners and LICSWs specialize in anxiety solutions through scientific innovation.

We use proven psychiatric and psychoeducational techniques to find the factors that cause your anxiety . Our methods helps teenagers to overcome them to pivot their  goals towards the life you all desire.

Call the Duxbury or Hingham, Massachusetts, office or click the request an  appointment feature to arrange an office or telehealth visit anytime.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, fear, or nervousness. It’s a normal — and beneficial — response sometimes. Anxiety increases your awareness and enables you to avoid obstacles and exercise caution.

But anxiety can also become a harmful mental health disorder. Anxiety disorders cause frequent or constant anxiety that’s often irrational or excessive, and it prevents you from functioning normally at times.

Anxiety can affect anyone, but studies show that anxiety disorders are particularly common in teenagers, affecting nearly one-third of adolescents in the last year. 

What are the types of anxiety disorders? 

Examples of some common anxiety disorders are: 

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: excessive anxiety over everyday things
  • Social anxiety disorder: severe anxiety in social environments
  • Specific phobia: irrational and intense anxiety over a specific thing
  • Panic disorder: bouts of severe sudden anxiety, usually with physical symptoms
  • Agoraphobia: fear of being stuck or unable to escape from a place or situation

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which features intense and terrifying anxiety involving past trauma, isn’t an anxiety disorder but shares some symptoms. The main difference between PTSD and anxiety disorders is that PTSD symptoms are tied to a specific traumatic experience, while anxiety disorders are not. 


How can I tell if I have an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder diagnosis requires a psychiatric evaluation, which includes medical history, completing a symptom checklist, and possibly medical testing. An evaluation is in order if you have:

  • Frequent or constant anxiety
  • Irrational fears 
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling on edge
  • Growing fatigued quickly
  • Trouble focusing
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches

Your symptoms may vary, but unfortunately, with an anxiety disorder, they never really leave you in peace.

Depression is a common co-occurring condition with anxiety disorders, and the combination may make everyday life impossible until you get help. 


What can I expect from anxiety treatment?

PivotCare Precision Psychiatry takes a unique approach to mental health treatment. Precision psychiatry is a specialized approach that customizes mental health care based on variations in each patient’s genetic makeup, health status, lab results, environment, and lifestyle. 

The precision psychiatry approach ensures you get the proper approach for your disorder and get symptom relief as soon as possible. Your treatment may include psychotherapy, medication management, or both. We focus on Psychoeducation to target understanding your anxiety. 

Whether your anxiety is taking over your life or you just need someone to talk to, PivotCare Precision Psychiatry is here for you anytime. Call the office or request an appointment online now.