Anxiety or an anxiety disorder can hit at any age or at any time in your life. A particularly stressful life event is often associated with the start of anxiety issues, although not always.
There are several types of anxiety: specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia), social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is important to consult a doctor so that you can understand the source of your anxiety and get a proper diagnosis. Individual or group counseling is recommended to help you find strategies to better manage and channel the anxiety. In some cases, the doctor may also prescribe medication, depending on your situation.
Depression and certain emotional disorders lead to intense and prolonged negative emotions that affect everyday life: behaviours, social relationships, physical sensations, etc. They have a stronger impact on a person’s usual highs and lows, and can prevent that person from engaging in their regular activities.
Teens undergo all sorts of emotional changes at different periods in the course of their development. Those are normal stages of development, and should not be confused with depression. However, it is important to note that among young people, depression can be triggered by significant traumatic events such as separation/divorce, the death of a family member, or heartbreak.
There are certain signs that can be used to distinguish a normal bad day from depression. The following are the most common:
- Feelings of sadness.
- Excessive guilt.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Crying for no apparent reason.
- A sense of uselessness.
- Extreme boredom.
- Loss of appetite.
- Dark thoughts.
If the above persist in your child or you are concerned, do not hesitate to consult a doctor and to request services.
Valoris recognizes that well-being does not depend strictly on the individual, but is also influenced by life circumstances. That is why Valoris’ integrated service approach takes into account the family, community, social, cultural and spiritual aspects that influence your well-being.