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Panic disorder in Teens

panic disorder usually starts during late teens or early adulthood. It's better to know its signs and be alert at an early age

Around one out of every 75 people might experience panic disorder as a serious condition. Usually, it appears during the teenage years or early adulthood. However, it is unclear as to what could be the reasons for it, there seems a prominent connection between panic disorder and major life transitions that are potentially stressful. There are also shreds of evidence that panic disorder may be due to genetics, so if someone in your family has suffered panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it, especially during a time in life that is more stressful.

A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming fear that comes without warning and without any obvious reason. It is more intense than feeling ‘stressed out’. Some signs of a panic attack are:

  • Racing heartbeat
  • Difficulty in breathing, feeling that you can’t get enough air
  • Paralyzing sort of terror
  • Nausea, light-headedness, or dizziness
  • Trembling, sweating, shaking
  • Choking, chest pains
  • Hot flashes or sudden chills
  • Tingling in fingers or toes
  • Fear that you are going to get crazy or are about to die

Remember, that a panic attack includes four or more of the above-mentioned symptoms which come on rapidly and shoot up within 10 minutes.

But a panic attack can continue to affect us long after it has ended; causing heightened nervousness and anxiety hours after the attack has subsided. Experiencing a panic attack can be a frightening experience especially for a teenager.

If left untreated, panic disorder can negatively affect our life and potentially lead to problems with school, relationships, and self-esteem. Only a doctor or qualified professional can diagnose a teen with panic disorder. A doctor can also rule out possible medical causes for the panic attacks and determine if any co-occurring conditions exist, such as depression.

Panic disorder is treatable with a variety of effective therapies available. Once treated, the panic disorder does not lead to any permanent complications. So, if you feel you have any of the above symptoms get it professionally diagnosed and treated. You can also speak to our experts through chat or email at expert@teentalkindia.com

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Dealing with Eco-anxiety

Rain rain go away, come again another day... Many of us would have reminded of this nursery rhyme in the recent heavy course of rains
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

Most of us might be anxious due to rains by now. Since this year there have drastic climatic changes around the world, a new kind of anxiety called Eco-anxiety has come into play. Although this anxiety is not new but the term is, and is used to explain the anxiety, grief, and despair that is felt about the state of the climate or environment changes.

Did you cry when you heard recently that Amazon is on fire? Does the question, “plastic or marine life?” make you worry? Or do you worry that soon there wouldn’t be enough water on Earth for every one of us? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions then you may be one of those who has an eco-anxiety. Eco-anxiety is real, according to some psychologists, and it can really stress you out.

However, like every anxiety, even eco-anxiety can be dealt with:


This might be the hardest step in fighting climate change. If you’re going to keep eco-anxiety at bay you HAVE to learn to live with both the positive and negative emotions and realize that not everything is simple cut-and-dry. You can make peace with something without condoning. When you start to feel very overwhelmed by impending climate doom practice acceptance without complacency.

Get a new view

Just as you need to accept that bad things might happen, you also need to accept that good things might happen too. When you have this very clear big picture of how amazing things could be it becomes so much easier to talk to people and guide them too. It also becomes so much easier to take action because you have a clear vision of what you’re fighting for. Take a few moments to journal or just daydream about how wonderful the future could be.  Describe in detail how awesome the future could look.

Find a support system

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s also easy to feel isolated, and one of the best ways to combat this loneliness is to find a group of like-minded people. Remember that you’re not alone. There are TONS of people, groups, and organizations that are all working towards change.

Get to work

After you’ve decompressed from the initial feelings of overwhelm, it’s time to get to work. The only way to truly work through these feelings is to make changes! This doesn’t mean that you need to make every change overnight and it certainly doesn’t mean that you take on the sole responsibility for the fate of the world.

Anxiety can also stem from feeling like you HAVE to be perfect and that you can NEVER make a mistake because if you do then the world will collapse and it will be all your fault. Start making changes in your own life and in your community.

You can also try these:

  • Fly less
  • Eat a plant-based diet
  • Start living a zero-waste lifestyle
  • Practice minimalism
  • Become an activist in your own town
  • Get involved with local government

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