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Anxiety & Depression

All About Anxiety & Depression


Anxiety and depression, while not always, are often diagnosed together. And they can often accompany ADHD, LD or Autism. Research in the last 20 years has dispelled the myth that children can’t have anxiety and depression.  In the US, 1 in 8 children has an anxiety disorder, 2% of school age kids and 8% of adolescents experience symptoms of 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?”

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, and your child can learn to tackle the problem and develop tools for success with friends, school, home and life.

How CHC Helps With Anxiety & Depression

At CHC our experts work with Anxiety & Depression every day. The Center has a full staff of behavioral health professionals who can help with evaluation and treatment plans. Esther B. Clark School is specially designed for children with severe emotional issues stemming from Anxiety & Depression. The Community Clinic works with underserved families. Parent education helps families learn to recognize and work with signs of Anxiety & Depression, and we provide articles, videos, presentations, and other resources in our Parent Resource Library. The Teen Mental Health Initiative is providing specialized teen therapy services and a series of classes for parents about teens.

Signs to Watch For

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Crankiness
  • Angry
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling worthless or restless
  • Frequent sadness or crying
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities
  • Loss of energy

Diagnosing Anxiety & Depression

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

CHC’s Approach to Treating Anxiety & Depression

Both anxiety and depression can be treated. Our specially-trained compassionate experts listen to your concerns and provide you with services that are just right for you and your child. We take you from where you are and help you and your child find the answers and support needed to get back on track.

Specialists Who Work With Anxiety & Depression

  • Educational Specialists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists