Anxiety disorders are one of the most common forms of mental disorders in children and adolescents. A study from the CDC shows a range from 3% to 4.5% of young people ages 3 to 17 suffer from or have reported suffering from an anxiety disorder.(1) Often, cases go undiagnosed and untreated. And of course, anxiety disorders and affect adults as well.
If you believe that you or your child may be experiencing an anxiety disorder, it’s important to talk with a health care provider and get a thorough evaluation and get additional information and answers to your questions. The evaluation will involve discussing the symptoms, getting a urine and blood test, and possibly some other tests to check for possible underlying medical conditions that could be causing the symptoms.
Being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder can initially cause a mix of feelings and will definitely raise some questions to ask. But the good news is that anxiety disorders, along with the thoughts and stressed-induced behaviors caused by them, are treatable conditions. With the proper treatment and recovery, you can manage your symptoms, feel better, and get on with living your life!
It’s important to know that recovery from an anxiety disorder does not mean in every case there is a cure for the disorder. Recover is a process of actively taking steps to move towards wellness, improving health, and working towards reaching one’s full potential and living a self-directed life.
Possible treatment options to manage your anxiety disorder may include psychotherapy, or a combination of therapy and medication, along with additional support. It’s important to talk to your care provider about the treatment options available, as well as discuss additionally healthy living habits that allow for active participation in your recovery.
If you feel that you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, we invite you to contact American Behavioral Clinics today to receive a free initial phone consultation. It’s your time to feel good!
(1) Perou, R., Bitsko, R. H., Blumberg, S. J., Pastor, P., Ghandour, R. M., Gfroerer, J. C., et al. (2013). Mental Health Surveillance Among Children – United States, 2005-2011. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc. gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ su6202a1.htm?s_cid=su6202a1_w