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Child Anxiety

Child Anxiety2024-06-06T16:20:40-04:00
Child Anxiety

Child anxiety is a common mental heath condition characterized by changes in mood, behavior and functioning that persists for at least several weeks and cause difficulties in daily life. For children, this might mean academic or behavioral difficulties at school, difficulties interacting with peers, or withdrawing from family.  Child anxiety is more than simply being in a bad mood, feeling sad, or having a negative attitude and includes other significant psychological, biological, and behavioral changes.

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Child Anxiety Signs and Symptoms

  • Feeling Angry

  • Frequent Mood Swings

  • Feeling Worthless

  • Frequent Crying

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Loss of Energy or Fatigue

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Thoughts of Death or Suicide

  • Difficulty Sleeping

  • Academic difficulties (e..g, drop in grades, not doing school work)
  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Change in Appetite

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Behavioral issues (e.g., getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school)

Anxiety Treatment for Children

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most researched and scientifically proven psychotherapy for treating anxiety in children. CBT is a very practical and easy to understand treatment approach that emphasizes the here-and-now and the development of effective coping skills and strategies. In children, more emphasis is typically placed on behavioral interventions than on the development of insight.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety in children and is recommended as a first-line treatment. The focus is on shaping the behavior to more positive and healthy outcomes.  Through skill building and active involvement with parents/caregivers, behaviors can be reinforced and unlearned leaving a strong base for growth and development.  For more severe cases of anxiety a combination of medication and psychotherapy is typically recommended.


Certain medications (i.e., SSRIs) are commonly used to treat anxiety in children and like psychotherapy have been proven to be effective. While its use anxiety in children has grown steadily over the past couple of decades, there remains concern regarding the safety of some medication use in children. For more information regarding the use of medications in treating depression in children click here to visit the NIMH website to learn more.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is commonly recommended for children who are experiencing anxiety. It aims to help parents and caregivers learn how to more effectively provide support and create a less stressful environment for the child. Individual therapy with children is more effective when parents and/or caregivers take an active role in treatment.


All clinicians at Mindly are fully licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of North Carolina.

Gregory Linares, LMFT
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Funmi Ajani, LCMHC
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Brigitte ZylaRoch, LCSW
Nikki Atkins, LCSWA
Cris Fuller, LCMHCA
Lisa Gunter, LCMHCA
Shirley Shiu Moore, Intern
Grace Graebel, Intern
Sue Cole, LCMHCA

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