Teenage anxiety is a pretty common occurrence these days—and it’s not just the usual stress implicit in adolescence. Almost a third of teens have a full-fledged anxiety disorder, according to prevalence studies, and, as with other mental health disorders, there just aren’t enough effective treatments. A small new review study looks back over the evidence, and finds that several mind-body practices are helpful in treating teen anxiety, in school and at home.
According to past studies, about 32% of teens have an anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and panic disorder. This estimate, however, is from a study published in 2010, when smartphones and social media were just becoming commonplace. It’s possible that the numbers are higher today, since multiple studies have linked social media and screen time with poorer mental health in teens who use them a lot.