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Teens and anxiety: Utah faces a growing national crisis

Mario Vega

Experts estimate one-fourth of teens — and as many as one-third of teen girls — have an anxiety disorder.

Untreated anxiety can play into later panic attacks, depression, separation anxiety disorder, behavioral problems, drug use, social phobias and even suicide.

Over the next year, the Deseret News is exploring why teens are more anxious than ever and how families and communities can help. Click here to read the first story in a multi-part series.