Development Disorders

Anxiety

Feelings of anxiety are not uncommon at any age, when a person feels under stress. Usually, at those times, the person feeling anxious feels tense about a specific problem like test in school or a stressful situation such as moving to a new neighborhood. However, when those feelings continue for longer than two weeks, are excessive, or do not have a rational focus, anxiety is possibly the cause. Anxiety affects nearly 10% of teens but often the signs first appear when the child reaches school age (5-6 years old). Anxiety can be characterized by excessive worry, irrational fears, obsessive-compulsive behavior (excessive hand washing, unpleasant thoughts that keep repeating, ritual-like behavior) and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The good news is that there are many ways to successfully treat anxiety including medication or behavioral therapies. That is why it is important to have your child evaluated and treated by highly trained professionals, such as those at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

Helpful links

You can find more information about childhood anxiety at these sites: