Skip to content
Bookmark Icon
Print Icon
Email Icon

Why is Youth Anxiety Different?

dr-albano

Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Clinical Site Director of the Youth Anxiety Center offers the following insight when asked about anxious youth: “When you listen carefully, you hear that youth with anxiety put themselves down, feel that they don't measure up to expectations, worry a lot about failure, and need much reassurance and extra encouragement to take on the tasks that their peers are completing. Parents often notice the things that their son or daughter aren't doing such as organizing friends to get together, taking on internships or tasks with enthusiasm, dating, laughing, pushing back against curfews and family rules that teens are outgrowing, and talking with enthusiasm about school or college. All too often, parents find that they are staying too involved and doing too much for their adolescent or young adult, as compared to other kids their age. The parents do these things so their kids won't miss out on something big but then wonder ‘When will s/he do this on their own?’ "