Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression, while not always, are often diagnosed together. Research in the last 20 years has dispelled the myth that children can’t have anxiety and depression.  Recent research reveals that even children as young as preschool-age can suffer from anxiety and depression.  See New York Times, “Can Preschoolers Be Depressed?”

Anxiety has grown to be the top problem interfering with kids’ emotional well-being.  (11% of children are diagnosed with anxiety.*)  While it’s difficult to pinpoint a single cause, anxiety and depression can be rooted in biology, genetics and personality and also complicated by environmental factors.  Some children simply develop unproductive styles of coping with life’s problems.  Sometimes kids with anxiety or depression also have inattention and/or learning problems.

If you have not struggled with anxiety or depression, it may be difficult to understand your child’s reactions, particularly if you have other children with no problems in these areas.  You are not alone.  Many parents are tempted to wait with the hope that this is something your child will outgrow.  However, acting early will alleviate stress for you and your child, enabling him to tackle his problem and give him tools for success with friends and in school and for the enjoyment of living.

Our evaluations are confidential and enable you to get answers quickly. 

*Based on children 9-17 years old. Shaffer et al., 1996

Specialists Who Work With Anxiety and Depression

Educational Specialists
Marriage and Family Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Speech-Language Pathologists

To discuss your concerns further, call 650.688.3625 or email