Occasional anxiety is a normal part of a child’s life. Feeling anxious when faced with a problem at school, before taking a test, or when making an important decision happens to all children (and adults) at one time or another.
Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a child with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as school work, interests and relationships.
Austin Child Guidance Center works with any subset of the family that has experienced anxiety and offers psychological assessments to help diagnose anxiety disorders including:
Social Anxiety: A chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. For children and adults with social anxiety, everyday social interactions cause anxiety, fear, self-consciousness, and embarrassment.
Symptoms may include excess fear of situations where one may be judged, worry about embarrassment or humiliation, or concern about offending someone.
Talk therapy and, in some instances, medication can help increase confidence and improve ability to interact with others.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): A chronic mental health condition that is characterized by irrational thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
OCD often centers on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life. Treatment includes talk therapy, medications, or both.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity.
Treatments include medication and talk therapy.