WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Everyone feels anxious, worried or fearful at times, even children. When those feelings increase in intensity and begin to interfere with normal activities like school and play, it is time to take action. There are many types of anxiety disorders, some center on an extreme fear of a specific thing (phobia) or situation (separation or social anxiety). Other disorders may be more generalized with a child displaying extreme fear or worry over many things. Occasionally, the feelings can come on suddenly with such force that a child may experience physical symptoms (panic disorder).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms of anxiety in a child may be hard to detect. While some children openly convey their worries and fears, others may keep everything to themselves. You know your child best, and if it appears your child's fears and concerns are extreme in scope and frequently occurring, making them unable to participate in regular activities, it might be time to seek help.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
If you have concerns about your child's behavior, contact an Esse Health Child Psychiatrist. A thorough medical history and evaluation will be performed and options will be discussed on how best to help you and your child.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Treatment options could include individual and family therapy, behavioral treatments, and medications if warranted. Your Esse Health doctor will create a care plan best suited you and your child's specific needs.