With more exposure than ever to the news and current events, our children and adolescents have plenty to worry about. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V, anxiety is anticipation of future threat.1 While at times this serves as protection from questionable places, people, and situations, it can be overused and become detrimental to our child/teen’s mental health.
Anxiety is a serious medical condition and is experienced by children and young people as well. According to the CDC, anxiety is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children and has been diagnosed in nearly 7.1% of children aged 3-17yo.2 Data and statistics suggest a continued rise in anxiety among children and teens.
Anxiety may include:
- Excessive fear or worry that interrupts work or school performance
- Appearing on-edge or restless
- Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks
- Sleep changes or difficulties
- Increased irritability
- Describes feeling of panic with no present danger, may experience panic attacks
- Recurrent symptoms of headaches, stomachaches, nausea but has no known physical illness
- Reluctance to engage with others, leave home, or be away from caregivers
If any of the above describes what your child or teen is experiencing, counseling may be beneficial. In counseling, your child or teen is afforded a confidential space to speak freely and process their feelings. Children and young people are often looking for someone to understand and just listen, which is what our professional counselors can provide. Through a safe and non-judgmental approach, underlying causes for the anxiety are discovered and can be addressed. We can also help your child or adolescent develop coping skills and self-soothing strategies to better manage their heavy feelings.
If you believe your child or teen is struggling with symptoms of anxiety and needs support, our affiliated professional counselors are here to help. They practice child-friendly evidence-based techniques such as play, art, and sandtray in their therapy. They may also utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused approaches. Give our office a call today and let’s schedule a time to talk.
1Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition)