When to seek treatment for a child's anxiety

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to tell whether your child's anxiety is negatively impacting him or her to the point that you should seek treatment
When Should You Seek Treatment For Your Child's Anxiety
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When to seek treatment for a child's anxiety

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I think you should seek treatment for a child's anxiety when you see the child has been negatively hampered in a variety of settings. A child that is having difficulty going to school; a child that feels that they can't go over to a friend's house; a child who feels that they can't ride in an elevator; a child who feels they can't be outside for fear of birds hurting them. I think if the parent realizes that the child is negatively impacted and; therefore, starting to feel less happy, starting to worry about their fears a great deal of the time, that's the time to go seek professional help. There's a step that parents may want to do before that, which is to get a good self-help book on anxiety. Look at that and see if there's something they can do about helping a child. If that doesn't work, the next step would be consultation with professional who's got experience with fears and anxieties in children.

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares advice for parents on how to tell whether your child's anxiety is negatively impacting him or her to the point that you should seek treatment

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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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