Anxiety disorders go beyond typical fears and worries that children or teenagers experience while growing up. The five major types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder. Though symptoms vary with each type of anxiety disorder, children who suffer from anxiety tend to experience fear, nervousness, shyness and avoidance.
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of adolescents ages 13 to 18 years old will experience an anxiety disorder. Rates of anxiety in children and teenagers have been on the rise in recent years, but research has shown that they are not receiving the treatment that they need. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable. The most common treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and SSRI medications, such as prescribed antidepressants.
At all three sites of North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, mental health services are offered for children from birth through age 24 and their families. These services include comprehensive evaluation, an individually tailored treatment plan that may include any combination of individual, family and group therapy, and, when indicated, medication management from a psychiatrist. All treatment plans require family consent and participation. For more information about our services, please call us at 516-626-1971.
Read more in our blog:
Helping Your Children Manage Stress
CDC: Anxiety and Depression in Children
HHS: What are the five major types of anxiety disorders?
NIMH: Anxiety Disorder Statistics