Anxiety Disorders

 

After attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional-defiant disorder, the anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses in children and adolescents. As many as 3-5% of children suffer from anxiety disorders, not counting obsessive-compulsive disorder which affects another 0.5-1.0% of children. More than 50% of affected young persons will experience a major depressive episode as part of their anxiety syndrome.

Childhood Anxiety

We all have experienced the nervous butterflies, sweaty hands and dry mouth that comes with making that big presentation. But children suffering from anxiety disorders deal with these types of symptoms just getting together with friends, going to school, or other routine events.

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, we will work with the child to break negative thought cycles and implement more positive ways of viewing social situations. We also work to develop relaxation and visualization strategies to help the child overcome and manage those feelings of anxiety.

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