Without treatment an anxious child or an anxious teenager is likely to become depressed adult.
Approximately 5% to 10% of children in the general population struggle with anxiety disorders. Among children with ADHD, the rate appears to be even greater. A first step in helping a child manage and overcome anxiety is recognizing it, and sometimes this can be difficult. Anxious kids can also be quiet, shy, cautious and withdrawn. They may also be very compliant and eager to please adults. On the other hand, an anxious child may be avoidant and disobedient.
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.
Help your child overcome his 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.
Baya Mebarek, Psy.D.,LMFT