Child Anxiety Treatment in Greenwich, CT

Child Anxiety Treatment in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

How common is anxiety in children? Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions in youth, with between 10-13% of kids struggling with anxiety. 

Why does my child have anxiety? It is hard to know exactly why your child may experience anxiety. Many factors are often at play, including genetics, temperament, stress, trauma, parent anxiety/depression, and social difficulties 

How does anxiety in children look like? Anxiety in children can take many forms. Some children have fears of specific things or animals (e.g., heights, crowds, snakes, dogs, etc). Others fear situations like being separated from a parent or social situations. Others struggle with worry more generally (e.g., about school, parents health, their health, family finances, etc.) And others struggle with physical symptoms (e.g., stomach ache, fast heart beat) or difficulties with sleep and/or eating. Anxiety can sometimes manifest itself as irritability or anger in children.

How do you treat anxiety in children? Dr. Sala uses the Coping Cat program for anxiety with children, which is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The program has excellent research support. Dr. Sala will teach your child to recognize symptoms of anxiety, reframe anxious thoughts, relaxation strategies, gradual exposure to feared situations, and various other CBT strategies.