Anxiety disorders in children and teens
In addition to the types of anxiety disorders that affect adult patients, children and teens may face additional conditions. These include:
- School refusal, which involves a persistent fear of going to school
- Selective mutism, which involves fear of talking or resistance to talk in certain situations
- Separation anxiety, or anxiety and fear tied to being apart from parents/guardians
Anxiety treatment for adults
Our anxiety treatment options are based on evidence we gather about each patient during a thorough assessment. Our experts listen to your concerns and develop a care plan that meets your individual needs.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is one of the most effective treatment options for anxiety disorders. This approach focuses on problem-solving and recognizing how thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect each individual. CBT can help you become aware of negative thoughts and triggers that contribute to anxiety, as well as ways to control symptoms.
Along with CBT, treatment may include medications. Antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications can help relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety treatment for children and teens
Children and teens are cared for by a pediatric provider with specialized training in anxiety disorders. We work with families to determine the best approach for treating each young patient and addressing their specific needs.
Cognitive behavioral therapy often is the first treatment method we recommend. CBT in children and teens focuses on care and behaviors that are appropriate for the child’s age, based on the information we gather during your child’s assessment.
Medication may be an option if therapy alone doesn’t improve your child’s anxiety. We may recommend medication depending on how challenging your child’s condition is, or based on your family’s treatment preferences.
Learn more about our mental health services for children and teens. Please call (800) 422-1183 to speak to a behavioral health expert.