How to tell if your child has an anxiety disorder

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to distinguish between normal anxiety and worry that kids have everyday and an anxiety disorder in children
How To Tell If Your Child Has An Anxiety Disorder
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How to tell if your child has an anxiety disorder

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Many children suffer from anxiety and worry in every day life. They'll be afraid that a dog might bite them. They'll be afraid that another child won't invite them over. Those are kind of in the range of what we would call the normal worries. The normal anxiety that children may have. When it reaches a different proportion or affects everyday life or school or home life, then we begin to consider it much more significant. For example, the child that doesn't want to go out anymore for fear that they might run into a dog or the child that can't go to a birthday party for fear the parent will leave them; that's the point where it is affecting the child's every day life. That's the kind of anxiety that we really want to help the child with and do something about.

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to distinguish between normal anxiety and worry that kids have everyday and an anxiety disorder in children

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Alan Yellin, PhD

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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