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Anxiety in Children and Adolescents
Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

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 in Children and Teenagers

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 in Children and Teenagers

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions experienced by children and teenagers and can be devastating for the whole family.

What Causes Anxiety?

The causes of anxiety in children and teenagers aren’t always clear.

Anxiety Symptoms

Learn more about the common physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms of anxiety here.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

‘GAD’ describes an anxiety disorder where children or teenagers worry a disproportionate amount about many aspects of their life

Social Anxiety

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.

Depression and Anxiety

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.

Separation Anxiety

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

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 for children and teenagers

EMDR is an evidence based treatment, used successfully for those with anxiety and PTSD.

Treatment Options for Anxiety

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.

Assessments for Anxiety

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.

Psychology for Children and Teenagers

Psychologists can help your child learn life skills that can last a lifetime and complement any medication options taken.

Self Referral

Self referral

You don’t need a GP referral to book a diagnosis

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Appointments usually available within a few days, nationwide

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How we have helped others

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.

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