Treatment for Anxiety and OCD
Young people and children who are anxious can present with a range of symptoms, such as fears or phobias about specific things such as spiders, needles, open spaces, small spaces, etc. Some young people or children have social anxiety which means that they are extremely worried about what others think of them and they often feel scrutinised and judged by others. This can have a large effect on them and render them unable to speak or eat in front of others. Some children or young people have OCD which means that they get thoughts and worries in their minds which creates a tremendous amount of anxiety and the only way that they feel they can manage their anxiety is by performing certain rituals. These rituals can take over their lives and can sometimes take several hours which start to interfere in their school or social lives. Other young people or children may present with general anxiety disorder where they find themselves anxious all the time over every thing in their lives. At other times young people or children experience panic attacks, which are usually quite frightening experiences.
Anxiety disorders can be incapacitating and crippling and can sometimes affect the whole family. It is not uncommon for anxiety disorders to be present for several years before someone seeks help for it.
In terms of treatment for anxiety disorders we provide individual therapy, family therapy and at times group DBT therapy. CBT therapy is usually the number one therapy indicated for anxiety disorders, but other treatments such as psychodynamic therapy and family therapy has shown effectiveness as well. We will tailor made the treatment around what will work the best for you or your child. Treatment is usually offered in a block of 12 sessions, but can be shorter in duration or longer, depending on need.
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