Childhood Anxiety & Depression

Childhood Anxiety

Anxiety can be a problem at any age and it can be particularly damaging during childhood and teenage years.

“It’s very concerning that young people are facing such high levels of anxiety” Nick Harrop, Young Minds

Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression.

Children can be anxious about all kinds of things. They may be concerned about starting at a new school. They may be anxious about moving house. They may be anxious because their parents are going through problems of their own, not getting on or even separating or going through the process of divorce. Anxiety in children may lead to problems at school or how they interact with others. Childhood anxiety may also create other ‘problem’ behaviours such as the inability to relax and sleep at night. Broken sleep patterns. Fear of the dark or wetting the bed.

Nearly 80,000children and young people suffer from severe depression.

Anxiety and/or depression may be particularly noticeable during teenage years when a young person is experiencing difficulties deciding who they are and what their place is in the world. Anxiety may make socialising difficult which can lead to social phobias and associated panic attacks as time progresses. Sometimes anxious teenagers may seek the safety of familiar territory and stay cooped up in their room rather than going out. They may be anxious about how others think and feel about them, building negative thoughts and feelings of low self-esteem.

Stress and anxiety may become noticeable at exam times when the pressure mounts and for some teenagers becomes just too much to handle.

In all these situations a sympathetic ear and a little counselling may be all that is required. Hypnosis can be a very effective way to deal with anxiety as it is a relaxing and comfortable experience.

Self-hypnosis exercises are not hard to learn and with a little practice can be of immense value.

If you feel your child is stressed or anxious please contact me for an informal chat. If the situation seems to warrant it we can arrange a meeting and I will tell you whether I feel hypnotherapy or counselling would be appropriate for your child.