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im 16 and have bad anxiety , i don't want to go on medication , how can i get rid of it or atleast make it better ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Many ways: Start w breathing exercises. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. It is sometimes caused by medical problems. Cognitive.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Behavioral Therapy is often very effective.
Jul 12, 2013
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Teen Self-Help Site: One of most helpful things u can do is learn about the physiology of anxiety -the chain of events that occur when ur brain senses danger (even if there's actually no real danger present) & then starts preparing u 2 fight, 2 flee or 2 freeze. Also helps 2 understand the mind games anxiety likes 2 play. Here's site designed 2 teach teens about anxiety & how 2 manage it: http://youth.Anxietybc.Com.

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