It is natural for children and teens to sometimes experience worry or fear, particularly when placed in new situations. However, when fear and worry are persistent or intense and are interfering with school, home life, and other areas, that could be a sign of anxiety disorder. Dr. Renee Clauselle and Dr. Francyne Zeltser, the skilled psychologists at Child and Family Psychology in Franklin Square, NY, treat anxiety disorders in kids and teens.
Causes of Anxiety
Anxiety is an overwhelming feeling of persistent or intense worry, fear, or unease. Kids can experience different types of anxiety, including generalized, social, or separation anxiety, for example. Children and teens can develop anxiety for many different reasons. Some potential causes include:
- Bullying or issues with peers
- Experiencing a traumatic event
- Major life changes, such as moving
- Loss of a loved one
- Brain chemistry
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many symptoms that can be a sign of anxiety. Symptoms can differ from one child or teen to the next. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with anxiety in kids include:
- Fear or worry
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoiding certain situations
- Physical symptoms (e.g., headaches or stomach aches)
- Becoming fatigued easily
- Muscle tension
Treating Anxiety in Children
The experienced and caring psychologists at our office in Franklin Square, NY, treat anxiety in children utilizing various approaches. The right method might differ for each child or teen, and the treatment process could include psychological diagnostic testing to identify all factors or disorders affecting the child.
One way of treating anxiety is through children’s therapy or counseling. Dr. Clauselle offers a flexible concierge approach to counseling and therapy, which means she meets with children and teens in the setting that works best for them and their families. Dr. Clauselle works with kids at home, at school, and via videoconference, as well as in the therapeutic office. In addition to concierge counseling and therapy, neurofeedback or brain training could also be used to help reduce anxiety in your child.
If your child displays signs of anxiety, we can help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Clauselle or Dr. Zeltser to learn more about treating childhood anxiety by calling Child and Family Psychology in Franklin Square, NY, at (516) 750-4841.