About 13% of youth aged 9 – 17 suffer from anxiety disorders, making them the most common mental disorders in young people. Childhood anxiety disorders include Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Anxiety disorders in youth often co-occur with other anxiety disorders, as well as with other disorders, such as Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Childhood anxiety disorders, sometimes beginning as early as age two or three, can severely affect a child’s ability to conduct daily activities, perform in school, or develop relationships. The conditions have long-term consequences if untreated, with recent research suggesting links to alcoholism and depression later in life. While some children “grow out” of it, most anxiety disorders continue into adolescence and adulthood. They may disappear and then return under stress or trauma.
At present, there is not enough research to determine whether age of onset affects potential for progression of the disorder or for recovery. However, strong support does exist for the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and/or certain medications for treating young people with anxiety disorders.
The Ross Center’s Child and Adolescent Program focuses on providing state-of-the-art treatment by highly specialized and trained child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists. In addition to individual and group therapy for youngsters suffering from an anxiety or related disorder, the Center offers family therapy and parenting skills training.