Anxiety disorders range from feelings of uneasiness to immobilizing bouts of terror. Some anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Behavioral cognitive therapy for anxiety disorder at Henry Ford

Therapy is the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Our behavioral-cognitive approach helps you focus on current behaviors, as well as thoughts and thinking patterns.

This approach helps you understand that it’s your feelings about anxiety-inducing situations -- not the situations themselves -- that fuel your anxiety. By focusing on the causes of your fear and how you react, we can help you learn to cope better and overcome with your anxiety.

Behavioral-cognitive therapy is very effective in helping people:

  • Become more aware of anxiety triggers
  • Recognize negative thoughts that contribute to anxiety
  • Change behaviors to control reactions to anxiety triggers

We may also prescribe medications along with psychotherapy.

Anxiety therapy for adolescents and teens

We understand that children have specialized mental health needs. Your child will see a psychiatrist who is board-certified in pediatric psychiatry and fellowship trained. That means you can feel confident that the specialist treating your child has special training working with children and teens and has even attended additional years of school to specialize in this area.

At Henry Ford Behavioral Health, our pediatric specialists treat all of types of anxiety disorders, including:

  • Generalized anxiety disorders
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social phobia or anxiety
  • School phobia or school refusals
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorders, including those caused by exposure to domestic violence or some physical or sexual abuse

In children and teens, medicine and psychotherapy often play equal roles in the treatment process. We work with families to determine the best approach for your child -- whether one or both -- and tailor our recommendations to his or her needs.

Behavioral-cognitive therapy is the best, evidence-based approach for anxiety disorders in patients of all ages, with the best overall results. Read more about our expertise in pediatric behavioral health services.

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