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Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis

Your Anxiety Disorder Pathway

An initial 1.5 hour assessment will be required.

 

During this time your doctor will cover the points below:

Pharmacological treatment may be required ONLY if in agreement.

30 minute follow ups will be dependent on treatment and as and when necessary depending on severity.

If Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or family therapy is necessary a referral will be made.

Definition of Anxiety Disorders

 

All children (and adults) can worry, but when it takes over a person's life and becomes extreme it can be deemed as anxiety disorder. Anxiety can come in many different forms, below are some common ones:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Panic Disorder

Social Phobia

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Please refer to our specific section on this.

 

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

This is more common in girls, approximately 2 out of every 3 GAD sufferers are girls. Children usually start to show signs around the age of 12 of excessive worrying. Many children who suffer from GAD also suffer from other anxiety problems.

 

Panic Disorder

This usually begins in late teens and is more common in girls. Children who suffer from panic disorder experience unexpected panic attacks and can be followed by a month of worrying about suffering more attacks. Panic disorder can also be associated with depression, sleep problems, low self-esteem and drugs or alcohol use in teens.

 

Social Phobia

Children and teens with this disorder tend to be very self-conscious to the extreme and are concerned in social situations that they will humiliate or embarrass themselves. It usually develops in late teens and often after a humiliating experience. Social phobia is equally common in boys and girls.

 

 

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

 

Anxiety disorders can be treated with both medication, anti-depressants or benzodiazepines and talking therapy as well as putting coping strategies in place.