More Than Stress

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

From the Series Healthy Living Library

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Roughly one in three teens in the United States will experience an anxiety disorder.

Given the pressures of standardized testing, extracurricular activities, working, and fitting in, this statistic may not seem surprising. Young people have a lot on their plate, and the pressure to succeed can be intense. But anxiety is more than just stress. It doesn’t go away once a test is over or the big game is won. Anxiety is excessive and consistently interferes with daily life.

A person may develop an anxiety disorder for a variety of reasons. Psychologists are continually learning more about how our brain chemistry, genetics, and life experiences become important factors that contribute to an anxiety disorder.

This informative guide outlines the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other anxiety disorders. Additionally, it offers coping strategies and treatment options for those with such disorders.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2022-09-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051060, YAN052050, YAN024000
Dewey 616.85/227
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1140
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Bruce M. Hyman, PhD

Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D., LCSW, was a licensed clinical social worker with masters and doctoral degrees from Florida State University and obtained specialized training in the behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder at the Medical College of Pennsylvania Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He established the OCD Resource Center of South Florida in 1991 to provide comprehensive specialty treatment services to adults and children with OCD and related disorders.

Author: Tabitha Moriarty

Tabitha Moriarty is a medical student living in Atlanta, Georgia. She has co-authored several titles in the Healthy Living Library series.

Author: Cherry Pedrick, RN

After twenty years working as a nurse in hospitals, Cherry Pedrick ventured into the world of writing. Her experience as a registered nurse is reflected in her writing. She has had articles published in Woman's World, Journal of Christian Nursing, Teachers in Focus, Christian Educator's Journal, Journal of Christian Healing, New Heart, Mature Years, Church of God Evangel, The Gem, Cross & Quill, Writers' Exchange, At Ease Magazine, and Doll Collector's Price Guide. In 1997, Cherry wrote a continuing education home study course for nurses, published by National Center for Continuing Education. Her first book was published in 1999. She was a contributing editor for Suite101, an Internet portal, for a number of years. These Suite101 columns and her personal websites continue to help market her books. Cherry coauthored The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. Cherry has coauthored seven books. She is now being pulled back to her first passion: inspirational writing for adults and children.

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“Teens will find this brief yet wide-ranging and accessible book helpful.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]n inviting, accessible, and informative volume about a critical subject.”—Kirkus Reviews