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Are anxiety disorders on the rise among children?

These are very difficult things to track, because diagnosis is heavily based on what people tell us.

As the stigma attached to mental disorders goes down and our understanding of these conditions improves, people are more willing to talk about them and they’re easier to identify.

There is some evidence that anxiety disorders are on the rise, but there’s also evidence that suggests we are better at identifying or targeting these problems. There’s no convincing evidence that rates of anxiety disorders are increasing.

Pediatricians are usually a wonderful place to start. They vary in how much they know, and in how comfortable they are in talking about these types of problems.

But they may be able to refer their patient to a knowledgeable therapist. Schools are often very familiar with local therapists experienced in cogitative behavioral therapy (CBT).

Another place to find a therapist trained in CBT is an advocacy organization such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America or The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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