Treating anxiety disorders that occur in childhood
Anxiety is a response to danger or threat. It is a normal emotion that can, in moderate degree and frequency, be a productive driving force that helps us to take action and achieve goals. For some children, anxiety can be overwhelming and persistent, often drastically interfering with daily life.
Estimates differ, but between 8-22% of children experience anxiety more intensely and more often that other children, stopping them from getting the most out of life. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are treatable and the majority of children with an anxiety disorder can be helped with the right professional care.
Australian Childhood Anxiety treatment study
At Griffith University, we are conducting a nationwide study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council for children (7 to 12 years of age) with anxiety disorders.