Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Anxiety in Children and Teens

In my Abnormal Psychology class we have discussed the prevalence of anxiety disorders amongst children, specifically ones in their teenage years. I thought this was a interesting subject matter so I decided to reflect on it for one of my posts. According to the website I found and linked to this post 80 percent of children with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60 percent of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment. Many times it is viewed as a phase and dismissed without looking further into the child's actions and behaviors. A quote that the website I reviewed to write this post put it like this: "A child who sees a scary movie and then has trouble falling asleep or has a similar temporary fear can be reassured and comforted. But that is not enough to help a child with an anxiety disorder get past his or her fear and anxiety." I believe that this explains a lot and puts anxiety in an easy to understand perspective for the average person. Hopefully with the advancing of society and psychology there will be more cases of treatment of child depression or anxiety to help young children and teens with cases of treatable anxiety and depression.


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