About Adolescent Anxiety
Anxiety runs in families and can be very debilitating. If not treated properly, the adolescent becomes increasingly avoidant until they participate in few normal activities. Exposure therapy is the number one, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, including disordered eating. Once your family understands how to intervene with the harmless and temporary body sensations of anxiety, the discomfort will no longer run your child's life. Outpatient therapy may take place one or more times per week and may involve a Registered Dietitian when anxiety impacts food behaviors. Outpatient sessions often involve family members or other support persons to interrupt the Safety Behaviors that grow anxiety (avoidance, reassurance-seeking and compulsions).