Anxiety and Mood Disorders are Increasingly Common in Children
The Ross Center’s Child and Adolescent Program focuses on providing state-of-the-art treatment by highly specialized and trained child psychiatrists and psychologists. We provide age-appropriate treatment for children as young as 2 years old, teaching behavioral strategies and coping methods that reduce the debilitating effects of anxiety, behavioral problems, ADHD, and mood disorders.
It is normal for children and teens to experience anxiety and mood swings, but when these things interfere with school, friends, and activities, seeking a consultation with a professional can be very helpful. Up to twelve percent of children are affected by anxiety disorders, with symptoms often appearing in children as young as 2 or 3 years old.
Early Treatment is Important
By beginning treatment when your child’s symptoms first appear, you improve the potential for success and empower your child with the skills they need to navigate life more easily.
Consider treatment if you notice that your child is:
- Avoiding risks and social situations
- Unable to speak outside your family
- Experiencing separation anxiety that lasts for an extended period
- Chronically worrying and always needing reassurance
- Refusing to go to school or stay in school
- Extremely shy and inhibited
- Compulsively hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking
- Complaining of stomachaches or headaches relating to feared situations
We Can Help
Our child psychiatrists and psychologists utilize proven treatment protocols that are designed to engage children and teens in fun and creative ways as they learn to tackle their fears and alter behaviors. The treatment process begins with in-depth assessment services to precisely differentiate learning and academic difficulties from social and emotional problems. With proper treatment at the Ross Center, your child will experience positive changes in behavior, improved performance in school, and healthier relationships – leading to better long-term health and well-being.
Parents are always included in the intake process and often included in the treatment as well. We’ll help you understand what your child is experiencing and explain why we’re using a particular approach. We recognize how important it is to teach parents the best ways to respond to your child’s worries and behaviors, and provide extensive parent coaching as part of our treatment.
Learn more about how you can help your child minimize anxiety and prepare for a successful school year: Helping your Children Manage Back to School Anxiety