Teenage girls who are scared to go out alone are having a hard time.
The latest data shows that 1 in 4 teenage girls report experiencing some sort of anxiety, with a high of 15 percent reporting anxiety during the past year.
It’s an increase from 13 percent in 2014.
While anxiety can be a coping mechanism, it’s not a mental illness.
And the data doesn’t indicate whether girls are reporting anxiety because of the stigma surrounding the disorder, or because they are scared of being perceived as creepy or being judged for being alone.
“The majority of teenage girls in the U.S. report feeling unsafe, alone, or at risk of harm from other people, according to a recent study,” said Katherine L. Anderson, a senior researcher at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“This is particularly true among young people who may be less comfortable with the ways in which others perceive them, such as in peer groups and social situations.”
And for girls like the one I spoke to in California, being out of the house and alone for long periods of time can feel like a constant threat.
“Being alone can make me feel unsafe, it can make my body feel like it’s overloading,” she said.
And it can also make her anxious.
“I can only go through the day with a handful of friends,” she continued.
“So being out alone can really make it feel like I’m going to be alone all day.”
In fact, the study found that being alone can actually be linked to a higher risk of suicide.
And teens who report anxiety and depression also are more likely to report feeling depressed, compared to those who don’t report any anxiety or depression.
The authors of the Kaiser study suggested that this may be because anxiety can actually make girls feel less secure, which can then lead to a decline in their self-esteem.
The study was published in the journal Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, and Related Disorders.
I spoke with the author of the new study, who said the most common problem for teenage girls is that they are not making friends.
“We’ve found that for most teenage girls, they don’t really feel connected to anyone in their social circle,” said Dr. Linda S. Schulte, senior research scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health.
“It’s more that they feel disconnected from the world, and they feel like they don, in fact, have a whole lot of social problems.”
And even when they do make friends, they’re often not making it a habit.
“Most teenage girls don’t feel that they need to have close friends in their peer group,” said Schultes.
“And for them, the social isolation may not be as severe as it is for older teens who are more socially isolated.”
Schulta said that a recent report showed that girls between the ages of 18 and 24 had the highest rates of social isolation in their lives.
So it’s really important for teenagers to get out and be out there and meet new people, regardless of whether or not they have an anxiety disorder.
And for teens, finding the right balance of having an active social life, as well as being able to feel safe and not have to worry about whether or what is going to happen is going a negative.
But it’s also important to remember that it’s the anxiety that can make you feel unsafe in your own home, not the fear.
And if you are feeling unsafe and anxious, the only way you can help is to seek help.
“When you’re anxious and fearful, you’re probably going to have a higher chance of not doing what you’re supposed to do,” said Anderson.
And you may even end up feeling guilty or embarrassed.
“If you have anxiety and fear and you’re feeling like you’re going to lose your friends, you might not realize that you’re actually going to get to a place where you’re not afraid anymore,” said Siegel.
So if you’re struggling to feel more comfortable around your peers, you should talk to a counselor.
And while there is nothing wrong with going out, it may not make sense to do so if you don’t have a mental health issue or if you have suicidal thoughts.