Dr. Jennifer Pate, and Psychiatrist in the Texas Medical Center, and regular contributer to Your Health First, will join Dr. Galati this week to discuss anxiety, and teen drug use.
 
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. People with generalized anxiety disorder can't seem to shake their concerns. Their worries are accompanied by physical symptoms, especially fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, and hot flashes.
 
Regarding drug abuse in teens, a web site that we regularly recommend is Partnership for a Drug Free America. Any parent that has school age children should be familiar with this site. Understanding drug abuse, and the drug culture, starts very early. The web site has sections based on the age of your child, with specific concerns for each of these age groups. Specific links are listed below.
 
Prescription Drug Risk
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Parent Toolkit
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How to Spot Drug Use
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Teen Culture Blog
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Links to specific anxiety disorders are listed below.