Anxiety and depression tend to co-existing in the same person. The good news is that they do not tend to start at the same time. Usually, anxiety starts before depression. Thus, dealing with anxiety early on may help your child prevent bouts with depression.
Without treatment an anxious child or an anxious teenager is likely to become depressed adult.
An anxious child may:
-complain of stomach aches or headaches
– have sleep problems and difficulty concentrating
– be moody, short tempered or clingy
– develop nervous habits
– refuse to go to school in order to avoid other kids
– skip activities that makes him feel uncomfortable
When you see these signs in your child or your teenager, get them the help they need now. Without gaining the skills to help them cope with their anxiety, they will likely give in to the behaviors that will lead them to feeling like a failure. Worse is that they will not have the tools for later in life when they deal with even more complex conditions!
Help them break the vicious cycle of anxiety now. Seek advice from a professional child therapist that can teach your child relaxation techniques, soothing strategies and the skills they need to become good problem solvers.
San Diego Couples and Family Therapy provides counseling in the convenient area of Sorrento Valley Road. We also serve the surrounding areas of La Jolla, UTC San Diego, Del Mar, University City, Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway and Escondido.