Childhood Anxiety - The Reynolds Clinic LLC

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Childhood Anxiety

Much like depression, children with anxiety often manifest it in behavioral ways. For example, it is not uncommon for a child who is restless or irritable to be referred to our clinic for treatment of ADHD only to find through careful evaluation that the child has an underlying anxiety disorder.

Sometimes children don’t want to go to school, not because they can’t do the work but because just being there generates within them intolerable emotional discomfort. Some children are too self-conscious or afraid to make mistakes; others may have trouble socially or cling to irrational fears that get in the way of their learning.

In other words, anxiety can appear in many different guises and commonly underlies other conditions such as learning disabilities or social skills deficits. Excessive anxiety is often a major contributor to scholastic underachievement, social withdrawal and low self-esteem. Accurate and timely identification allows for a plan to be developed targeted at reducing a child’s anxiety thereby allowing his innate talents and abilities to surface while restoring his self-esteem (see Evaluation).

It is fairly common to see anxiety reflected in the qEEG so that when is present in Neurofeedback, it can be a valuable treatment option. (see Neurofeedback Therapy page).