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Adolescent Anxiety
Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC Continuing Education
 Identify prevalence
 Explore triggering issues
 Discuss how/why adolescents respond differently than adults (or even children)
 Review intervention approaches
Physical Triggers
 Sleep (Anxiety; schedules; homework; hygiene)
 Nutrition (incl. energy drinks)
 Hormone fluctuations
 Gender Identity (and determining their gender identity)
 Hyper-responsive (comparatively) HPA-Axis
 Immature PFC
 Hyperactive stress response
 Stuck in F/F mode (emotional mind) making it difficult to think clearly and identify what is bothering them in the moment
Affective/Cognitive Triggers
 Fewer experiences to inform default schema
 Increased “learning” from less than accurate sources
 Lack of awareness to find “accurate” sources
 Increased distress increases emotional salience of distressful triggers
 Extreme thinking / demands for perfection / difficulty with identifying diminishing returns
 Faulty assumptions about “life” and what they “should” know
 So much stimulation serves to distract from mindfulness
Cognitive Development
 Concrete:
 Dichotomous
 Egocentric (until age 7) Can only see their own point of view
 Inductive reasoning—observation to idea (generalization) Green traffic lights always turn yellow.
 Formal (11y.o.+):
 Abstract thinking,
 Deductive reasoning— If A=B and B=C then A=C If any of the premises are incorrect then the solution will also be incorrect.
 How much incorrect or only partially correct information is out there?
 Based on their “years of experience” how many of the generalizations made during childhood which now inform their reasoning are accurate?
 Often not taught to challenge existing generalizations
Environmental Triggers
 Lack of safety
 Virtual safety: 24/7 and permeating all safe spaces; disinhibition (abuse/neglect); deep fakes; identity theft; catfish; out of context posts or life-long posts negatively impacting school acceptance or jobs
 Lack of a need to leave leads to fewer experiences “out there” and a discomfort with “out there”
 Instagram facade
 Identity vs. Role Confusion (Erikson)
 Defining “Who am I?”
 Identity involves the experiences, relationships, and values that make up a person's sense of self.
 People who are not allowed to explore and test out different identities might lead to role confusion—being unsure of who they are and where they fit in (if anywhere).
 People who develop a role identity based on one or more “canceled” principles may fear abandonment if people knew the “real them”
 Parental distress: Perception and Disengagement
 Texting vs. talking
 Cancel culture (rejection/abandonment)
 Constantly changing landscape
 FOMO = no time for relaxation
 Larger fishbowl (swipe right / ghosting)
 May never know why someone ghosted which can lead to inaccurate conclusions
 Reduced effort in relationships
 Sexuality
 Define rich and meaningful life
Purposeful Action
 Choosing to use your energy doing things that just spin your wheels or help you get traction to move forward
Mindfulness (Morning and Night)
 Strengths and vulnerabilities
 Physical
 Affective
 Cognitive
 Environmental
 Relational
 Identify ways to address vulnerabilities

Urge Surfing
Distress Tolerance: TAGS
Exercise and Stretching
 Adolescents are growing rapidly.
 Exercise and stretching can help with feelings of coordination and reduce pain
 Mild exercise can help reduce cortisol levels
 Moderate to intense exercise can help “reset” the stress response
BETA Testing
 Breathe
 Examine the Facts in Context
 Talk to others and think about alternatives
 Act to improve the next moment and assess outcomes

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