At Village Wellness we believe that children & adolescents should be treated differently than adults. Our clinicians are specially trained to work with children & adolescents and utilize the most up to date interventions, including (but not limited to) play therapy and art therapy.
If your child is struggling in school, having a difficult time with their peers, complaining of frequent headaches or stomachaches, experiencing anxiety or depression, having trouble controlling their behavior, disrespect, an addiction to electronics or experimentation with substances, they may benefit from therapy.
Below find more information on some common behavioral health concerns in children and teens.
Remember you are never alone and we are always here to help.
Anxiety in children
Anxiety is the number one mental health challenge facing children today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
1 in 8 children has or will have an anxiety disorder.
Children with untreated anxiety disorders are at higher risk to:
perform poorly in school
miss out on important social experiences
engage in substance abuse
While some anxiety is a normal part of childhood, children who suffer from diagnosable anxiety disorders will not grow out of their fears, but rather see them intensify with time. Some indicators that your child’s anxiety may not be a phase that they will grow out of naturally include:
persistent stomach aches
problems falling asleep alone or sleeping through the night in their own room
refusal to attend birthday parties, sleepovers or other social functions alone
spend a lot of time on schoolwork
frequent, excessive worrying
having a hard time calming down
If you are parenting a child with anxiety, you know how challenging it can be. You may be afraid of saying the wrong thing, and of not knowing what will put them over the edge and make it a “bad day.”
If you have made it to this page you probably know in your heart that your child needs help learning to manage their anxiety symptoms.
The good news is that anxiety is highly treatable, and the earlier you start treatment the better the outcome is.
This means that with treatment and support your child (and you) can learn how to cope with anxiety and experience a happy childhood.