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Anxiety, to some extent, is a normal emotional state, but if you've noticed your child has been experiencing anxiety symptoms for an extended period of time, it may be time to seek professional help. With the right treatment and support, your child can learn new coping mechanisms to help them manage their symptoms.
Anxiety can be successfully treated – the first step is getting an assessment. We can help your child or teenager get the help they need, face-to-face or online.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions experienced by children and teenagers and can be devastating for the whole family.
The causes of anxiety in children and teenagers aren’t always clear.
Learn more about the common physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms of anxiety here.
‘GAD’ describes an anxiety disorder where children or teenagers worry a disproportionate amount about many aspects of their life
Intense self-consciousness and embarrassment can have a significant impact on your child’s ability to fully enjoy life and may be due to an anxiety disorder.
Many young people with anxiety will also have depression – both are treatable but it’s important to find the right treatment for the individual child.
4% of children will have diagnosable separation anxiety, with average onset at 7 years of age.
A serious condition with an often devastating impact on the child’s ability to enjoy life, OCD affects 1% of children in the UK.
Panic attacks can be terrifying and hard to understand if you don’t have them yourself. Affecting many areas of a child’s life, they can be successfully treated.
Phobias are more severe than normal ‘fears’ and often grow worse over time – they can be limiting for a child and very frustrating for family life.
An accident, bereavement, trauma or abuse can all cause PTSD, which can become a severe mental health illness if not treated.
Some stress is normal, but if it becomes acute or chronic, stress can become debilitating and life altering.
EMDR is an evidence based treatment, used successfully for those with anxiety and PTSD.
There are several evidence based treatment options for anxiety disorders, but the first step is knowing exactly what is going on. Medication, psychology, CBT and therapy can all help.
Often the most useful first step, a full assessment with a Psychiatrist will identify, at depth, what issues your child or teenager is experiencing and determine the most effective treatment plan.
Psychologists can help your child learn life skills that can last a lifetime and complement any medication options taken.
You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis
Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide
Qualified and friendly triage team to help you find the right option
Every year we help thousands of children and teenagers, just like yours, to find expert and compassionate care. Our Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists have many years’ experience in diagnosing and treating child and teenage anxiety.
We weren’t sure what help Emily, our 12 year old, needed, we just knew she was growing increasingly anxious. The triage team were really helpful in identifying in helping us determine that a psychiatric assessment would be the most important first step. The Psychiatrist was able to develop a good relationship with our daughter who has great trust and faith in him. We could not have had a better service from them or your team.”
Josh started becoming more and more withdrawn – at first we thought it was just part of being a teenager, but things didn’t improve and it began to badly affect his school work and social life. It felt like we had lost our son. Taking Josh to see a Psychiatrist wasn’t an easy step – we were very nervous that we had somehow failed him. However, the Psychiatrist was really friendly and made us all feel at ease – it took all the ‘sting’ out of an incredibly worrying few years and I just wish we had sought help earlier.
2/3 of people know someone with a mental health condition.