When to seek help
Whilst it’s normal for your child or adolescent to feel anxious at times, if their symptoms are persistent or start interfering with their daily life it might be time to seek professional help. Anxiety disorders can be serious illness and have long term health implications.
At any one time, 3 in 100 children and teenagers will be struggling with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder for children and teenagers in the UK
For many, anxiety is not something that is manageable – it is an overwhelming, debilitating sensation which can’t be controlled. Most adults who have anxiety (1 in 6 of us) will have had their first symptoms as children1. Studies have also shown that children and adolescents with anxiety are more likely to struggle with another mental health condition, such as depression or have a substance abuse issue later on life, so seeking help early is key2.
1 Kessler, RC., Berglund, P,. Demler, O. et al Lifetime prevalence and age of onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication in Arch Gen Psychiatry June 2005 62(6):593 - 602
2 Woodward, LJ., Fergusson, DM. Life course outcomes of young people with anxiety disorders in adolescence in J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2001 Sep; 40(9): 1086-93