According to the CDC, 10.3% of children aged 3-17 years old (approximately 6.3 million children) have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression. Children with depression are more likely to also almost 75% more likely to experience anxiety and almost half have behavior concerns. As children become teenagers, it is more likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
Growing up today is very different from when you grew up. There were fewer distractions, less technology, less pressure. Teenagers today are more stimulated and stressed-out than ever. Perhaps your high-achieving child is having difficulty focusing on their school or things they enjoy. Maybe it seems like they’re in a fog. Or they are always in their room on their phone and barely give one-word answers when you ask about their day. You know they are stressed out, but they don’t tell you what is wrong.
Prevention is key to ensuring your child grows into a happy and healthy adult. The earlier you enroll your child in therapy, the better outcomes you can expect. Therapy can help your child learn strategies to manage what they are experiencing and give them the tools they need to succeed. With the right support and guidance, your child can thrive again.