Panic disorder in teens and young children

The rise of panic disorders are becoming more common than you think. What are the symptoms? This post by Youth of a Nation: Bent Not Broke will help you learn and recognize them as well as give you some important information.

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What are Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is a sudden rush of intense fear or discomfort, which reaches a peak within 10 minutes, and includes at least four of the following symptoms:

  • racing or pounding heart
  • sweating
  • shaking or trembling
  • shortness of breath or feelings of being smothered
  • feeling of choking
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills or hot flashes
  • nausea or upset stomach
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • a sense of things being unreal or feeling detached from oneself
  • numbness or tingling sensations
  • fear of losing control or “going crazy”
  • fear of dying

Recognizing Panic Disorder in Children & Teens

  • Children, especially if they are young, may have trouble describing their symptoms. Instead, younger children are more likely to talk about their physical symptoms (such as pounding heart, upset stomach, chest pain, or nausea), rather than psychological symptoms (such as a fear of “going crazy”). Teens may be better at describing what…

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A Teen’s Life Story of Depression, Anxiety and Self-Harm

Telling her own personal story as a teen and what her mom was faced with, Adria shares what it was like being faced with the fact that her depression and anxiety as well as self-harm was leading her to a road of destruction.  Her mom was left with little alternatives other than to put Adria into a hospital to get help.   Adria shares what those moments were like.  Calling out to God did something she hadn’t expected which turned her life around.  As a parent, I could identify with everything Adria shared having the fact that my own daughter went through an identical situation.  We as parents can learn a lot from our teens and their emotional state and where their thoughts are taking them.  I applaud Adria for exposing something very personal in her life so that she could help others.  My prayer is that her life will be a beacon of hope for others that God does hear us when we call out to Him.