As many as 1 in every 8 children suffer from an anxiety disorder, which can lead to childhood depression, learning difficulties, and social problems. David Larson, MD, FAAP of Heber Valley Pediatrics in Heber City, Utah, specializes in mental disorders, including childhood anxiety, which can impact your child’s health and well-being for a lifetime. For evaluation and compassionate care, call the office or schedule an appointment online with his office today.
Childhood anxiety is when extreme worry or fear affects your child to such a degree that it affects their sleep, school, relationships, eating, and mood. Childhood anxiety can impact very young children, adolescents, teens, or young adults.
Some worry, fear, and stress are normal for all children, and learning to cope with low-level anxiety is a natural part of growth. When anxiety or stress begins to affect their physical, emotional, or developmental health, however, it may be more worrisome and require professional attention.
As your child ages, a variety of experiences may naturally cause worry or fear, including:
Many of these experiences are typical for most children, and usually they can adapt quite well with time and understanding. If your child’s worry or stress begins to impact their eating, sleeping, or personality, they could have a more severe form of anxiety that needs attention.
Your son or daughter may present symptoms that you may not associate with childhood anxiety, which is the reason that this disorder often goes untreated.
Symptoms of childhood anxiety include:
There are different types of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, phobia disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Dr. Larson has extensive experience in understanding the symptoms and identifying the underlying causes of your child’s anxiety.
If childhood anxiety goes undiagnosed or untreated, your child could experience long-term, adverse effects including:
As a behavioral health specialist, Dr. Larson excels at the diagnosis and holistic treatment of childhood anxiety and childhood depression. Using an integrated approach of behavioral therapy, stress management, nutrition counseling, medication, and support, he can help your child find relief from these mental conditions and instill hope for a lifetime of wellness.
For a consultation regarding your child’s childhood anxiety or other mental illness, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Heber Valley Pediatrics today.