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is it possible to have an anxiety disorder as a teen then grow out of it as you mature?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The natural history : of anxiety is to be chronic or recurrent because what we are & what we do is a matter of genetics + environment. People with child or adolescent anxiety disorders may experience anxiety, often in a different form, at stressful periods in their adult lives, like the1st semester of college. Recognize anxiety, use techniques you learned in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & seek help when you need it.
Answered on Dec 2, 2015
Dr. Jerry Smith
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Simple answer: Yes..: it's possible to "grow out of" an anxiety disorder. This can happen by a few different processes. Our executive functioning (i.e., frontal brain lobe) continues to develop into our mid- to late-20s. As we age we gain more experiences and hopefully learn better coping skills. Effective use of experiences, new coping skills, and a maturing brain one could be said to "grow out" of an anxiety disorder
Answered on Apr 11, 2016

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