Anxiety disorders are characterized by intense, irrational fears that can impair day-to-day life. Everyone feels anxious sometimes, but anxiety may be a disorder when the fear is irrational, persistent, and significantly affects normal functioning (for example, attending school, going to family functions, or sleeping at night).
For children with severe anxiety, early treatment can prevent future difficulties, such as loss of friendships, failure to reach their social and academic potential, and feelings of low self-esteem. If anxieties become severe and begin to interfere with your child’s usual activities, talk to your pediatrician or family physician who will refer you to a qualified mental health professional.
Anxiety disorders are one of the most treatable mental health conditions. Our team will evaluate your child and develop a treatment plan that may include a combination of individual psychotherapy, family therapy, medications, behavioral treatments, and consultation to your child’s school.