Anxiety disorders affect one out of every eight children. Untreated, young people with anxiety disorders are at a higher risk to struggle in school and in their relationships with adults and peers. Children with anxiety disorders share a prolonged sense of intense distress. It’s a combination of worry and dread that can impact all aspects of a child’s daily life.
What is Anxiety? How can I Help?
School, friends, work, social media, relationships, grades and sports. All of these are triggers for stress in a youth’s day-to-day life. We know children and teens face many pressures. But what is the difference between being worried and having anxiety disorder?
An estimated 20 percent of children struggle with mental health illness. As awareness grows, the call for primary care physicians to play a leading role in care grows louder.
It’s important to understand the difference between anxiety that’s part of normal development and anxiety that’s excessive, so you can seek support for your child when needed to help ease these symptoms.
These comfort hold techniques have been developed to help you hold your child during a procedure. The purpose of a hold is for your child to feel safe and to help him or her keep still and calm.
Life no longer felt manageable for 17-year-old Julia when she walked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services. She found herself at a crisis point; depressed, anxious and completely exhausted of her thoughts and emotions.
When you meet Aubry, you meet a vibrant, creative, funny 11-year-old girl. She also has anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – but they don’t define her.
“I want to be in the dark, alone, and I want to be unconscious.” Leah traces her depression and anxiety directly to her childhood. She moved to Ohio at eight years old when her father passed away from cancer.
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