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Child Anxiety

Child Anxiety2021-01-14T17:00:30-05:00
Child Anxiety

Child anxiety is a common mental heath condition characterized by changes in mood, behavior and functioning that persists for at least several weeks and cause difficulties in daily life. For children, this might mean academic or behavioral difficulties at school, difficulties interacting with peers, or withdrawing from family.  Child anxiety is more than simply being in a bad mood, feeling sad, or having a negative attitude and includes other significant psychological, biological, and behavioral changes.

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Child Anxiety Signs and Symptoms

  • Feeling Angry

  • Frequent Mood Swings

  • Feeling Worthless

  • Frequent Crying

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Loss of Energy or Fatigue

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Thoughts of Death or Suicide

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Academic difficulties (e..g, drop in grades, not doing school work)
  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Change in Appetite

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Behavioral issues (e.g., getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school)

Anxiety Treatment for Children

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most researched and scientifically proven psychotherapy for treating anxiety in children. CBT is a very practical and easy to understand treatment approach that emphasizes the here-and-now and the development of effective coping skills and strategies. In children, more emphasis is typically placed on behavioral interventions than on the development of insight.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety in children and is recommended as a first-line treatment. The focus is on shaping the behavior to more positive and healthy outcomes.  Through skill building and active involvement with parents/caregivers, behaviors can be reinforced and unlearned leaving a strong base for growth and development.  For more severe cases of anxiety a combination of medication and psychotherapy is typically recommended.

Medication

Certain medications (i.e., SSRIs) are commonly used to treat anxiety in children and like psychotherapy have been proven to be effective. While its use anxiety in children has grown steadily over the past couple of decades, there remains concern regarding the safety of some medication use in children. For more information regarding the use of medications in treating depression in children click here to visit the NIMH website to learn more.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is commonly recommended for children who are experiencing anxiety. It aims to help parents and caregivers learn how to more effectively provide support and create a less stressful environment for the child. Individual therapy with children is more effective when parents and/or caregivers take an active role in treatment.

THERAPISTS AND COUNSELORS

All clinicians at Mindly are fully licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of North Carolina.

Jasmine Potts LCMHC

JASMINE POTTS, LCMHC

THERAPIST  CHILD  (7 - 11) ADOLESCENT (12 - 17)

LOCATION: ONLINE ONLY

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Ty Kays LCMHCS

TY KAYS, LCMHCS

THERAPIST  CHILD (7-11) ADOLESCENT (12-17) FAMILIES

LOCATIONS: RALEIGH CHILD & FAMILY CLINIC & ONLINE

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Gregory Linares, LMFT

GREGORY LINARES, LMFT

THERAPIST

CHILD (8 - 11) ADOLESCENT (12 - 17) ADULTS COUPLES

LOCATION: CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Katie Mendat List, LCMHCS, RPT

KATIE MENDAT LIST, LCMHCS

THERAPIST  CHILD (4 - 11) ADOLESCENT (12 - 17)

LOCATIONS: RALEIGH CHILD & FAMILY CLINIC

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A. Todd Lindsey, LCMHC

A. TODD LINDSEY, LCMHC

THERAPIST  CHILD (8 - 11) RALEIGH CHILD (10-17) CARY ADOLESCENT (12 - 17) ADULTS COUPLES

LOCATIONS:  CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Funmi Ajani LCMHCA

FUNMI AJANI, LCMHCA

THERAPIST  CHILD (5 - 12) FAMILIES

LOCATION: RALEIGH CHILD & FAMILY CLINIC & ONLINE

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Grace Kavanagh, Intern
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