Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence. These and other mental health symptoms not only undermine well-being, but they also interfere with schooling and socialization. Therapy is an effective treatment either alone or with medication.

Anxiety is the most common mental health diagnosis in adolescence. Happily, anxiety disorders are treatable. Unfortunately, only half of those suffering from an anxiety disorder seek treatment. Untreated anxiety often leads to other complications, such as addiction. You might recognize anxiety in your child by their nervousness or restlessness, recurrent sense of impending danger or panic, unusual feelings of weakness or tiredness, trouble concentrating, among other symptoms.

Clinical depression is present in about 1 in 20 children. Untreated, depression can lead to serious consequences. For example, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds. Fortunately, depression in children is treatable. You might recognize depression in your child by their consistent or recurrent feelings of sadness or irritability, spending less time with friends or on schoolwork, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of suicide, changes in appetite, sleep, or energy, among other symptoms.

If you suspect that your child may be anxious or depressed or have another mental health issue, MARS Memory-Health Network can help. Call MARS Memory-Health Network today and make a counseling appointment.

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