Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents

Psychiatric disorders are becoming increasingly common throughout the world, from which anxiety disorders particularly stand out. All ages of people can be found affected by such issues and often are recommended to visit psychiatrists for help. Teenagers show signs of anxiety more than adults as they find themselves under stress, burdens and pressures. The causes may be innate or develop over time and hamper the lives of such adolescents.

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Researchers are trying to study in depth how the psychiatric issues show up in the adolescents in terms of gender, ethnicity and other segmentations. A study was conducted in 2007 and 2008 in the schools of USA to find out patterns and classifications of anxiety-struck adolescents. The results of the study revealed that girls suffered with various types of anxiety much more than the boys. They were found to have generalized anxiety, social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorder, and school avoidance. There were boys who were affected as well but the numbers were less than the girls overall.

Further study revealed that there wasn’t a very significant difference among various ethnic groups as each group had certain cases of anxiety patients. But when it came to the ones who needed professional help, Hispanic people were more likely to suffer compared to Caucasian and African American people. The study has potential to gain great attention and can be very helpful for the researchers to build their future research works on.

It is published in Adolescent Psychiatry journal as the article, Gender and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Anxiety Disorders During Adolescence.

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