Childhood Anxiety in Marietta, GA

It is normal at times to feel anxious or worried. Sometimes these feelings can even interfere with daily activities or make it difficult to carry out a normal routine. You may even avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings from occurring. Cobb Pediatrics has highly trained and experienced pediatricians in Marietta that have worked with children and teens that are facing anxiety, we take a compassionate and understanding approach to find the best treatment for your child.

Anxiety disorder treatment is receiving care for a certain type of anxiety through psychotherapy or medical care.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Emotional symptoms may include:

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Feeling tense or jumpy
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Being watchful for signs of danger

Physical symptoms may include:

  • Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Tremors and twitches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Upset stomach, frequent urination or diarrhea

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are several different types of anxiety disorders.  These include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-exaggerated worry about everyday life
  • Social anxiety disorder-intense fear about social interaction
  • Phobias-places, events or objects create powerful reactions of strong, irrational fear
  • Agoraphobia-a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed
  • Selective mutism– a severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they do not see very often
  • Separation anxiety disorder– fear of being separated from a particular person, persons, or even a pet
  • Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder, involving intoxication or withdrawal or medication treatment

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age

What is the Treatment for Anxiety Disorders?

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a popular treatment method used by many mental health care providers.

This therapeutic method can be implemented across a variety of mental illnesses, and its ultimate goal is to bring about improvements in your child’s health. Your child can learn tools to use and strategies to cope with anxiety when it occurs.

Medication is also available as a treatment option for anxiety and usually involves antidepressants and sedatives. These medications help to balance brain and body chemistry, prevent anxiety episodes, and curb the severity of symptoms. Talk to a Cobb Pediatrics pediatrician to see if medication is the best route for your anxiety.

When Should My Child See Cobb Pediatrics for Anxiety?

If anxiety is interfering with your child’s school, or everyday life, you should seek professional help.

Talking to a medical professional can help if your child is fearing or worrying.  Your child’s worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help.  Six months is a good measure to see if your child is improving or getting worse.

If your child has had suicidal thoughts or behaviors, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Schedule your child’s appointment before the anxiety worsens, It’s easier to treat if you get help early. The ultimate goal is to bring about improvements in your child’s everyday life.

Schedule an Anxiety Consultation

Take the first step towards a calm and confident future for your child. Schedule a consultation today and give them the tools they need to manage their anxiety.

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