Child Counseling Anxiety in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria Arizona


Anxiety Disorders can arise in children and teens and are on the rise due to the pandemic and stress related to COVID 19. Anxiety Disorders like: Generalized anxiety, Panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Phobias and PTSD
are heading North due to concerns regarding COVID and the 24-7 daily negative media in relation to the Corona Virus. The frequency in media and Tech is overwhelming for many children and teens and limiting exposure to media is one step in helping with stress and anxiety for your child or teenager.



Many children and teenagers are getting ready to go back to school. Many children and teens are attending new schools due to a move or graduating from their grade level and moving on to a new school. Covid has been a rollercoaster for youth. One day they are going to school the next they are only online with uncertainty regarding the future as far as taking classes in person or only online.

Change for children and teens is a huge stressors . Divorce and grief and moving are all very high on the scale of stressors for youth.

Children and adolescents may be concerned about missing the bus, their ability to perform academically. How they look and how they are treated by peers is very important to a child and teenager.

Many mental health issues begin in childhood and the early adolescent teen years . Often child and teen mental health issues go un diagnosed until later on in adulthood . In adulthood the adult may have begun to use substances like alcohol and drugs to manage their mental health issues like ( anxiety, depressed mood, anger issues etc) Anxiety Disorders can arise in children and teens and are on the rise due to the pandemic and stress related to COVID 19.

A child that is crying everyday for weeks can create a great deal of stress on parents and on the child and it is very important to address the fear and anxiety for your child. Some children and adolescent teenagers will complaint of pains and headaches and stomach aches and more because of their fear and anxious feelings. Some children will withdraw due to their anxious feelings and also be irritable.

Transitioning to a morning routine can be a huge challenge. Getting up and ready for school as well as balancing work and transportation for parents is a giant stressor and must be addressed to manage anxiety and stress for parents and children and adolescent teenagers.

Managing sleep and bed time is vital for your child and teenagers success at school. Research shows children and teens are up too late when school starts and are not receiving adequate sleep. The lack of sleep is impacting school performance. The diminished sleep is also impacting family relationships and communication w family members. Children and teens with limited amounts of sleep are more irritable, angry, short, and this behavior oozes out on family members in the house.

Many children and adolescent teens have a great deal of stress and possible anxiety about a new school environment. Children are not sure about the new classes and the new children. Children and adolescent teens are not sure how they will fit in and if they will be accepted or judged. The children and teens worry about being excluded and potentially being bullied verbally or physically or on social media by their peers. Many children will not express these thoughts however they do have some concerns and stressors that may impact them attending school, doing homework, as well as impacting there mood be it anxiety, stress, depressed mood, or avoiding school and classes.

Create a routine two weeks before school starts including: bed time, limits on screen time, homework schedules, physical exercise schedule, family time, morning and after school routines. Creating a daily routine and schedule will help manage stress and help create success emotionally, academically and socially..

Helping your child and teen focus on the positive aspects of school can help your child and teen stay in a good state of mind for their day. Focusing on friends and a class they enjoy is an example. Letting your child know that after school there are positive activities to look forward to as well.

Helping your child problem solve and role play potential issues that may arise will help your child and adolescent teen to build and empower themselves should something go awry at school. Your child will feel confident that they can handle the situation. 

Parents can stay positive and calm and role model the positive qualities of learning and growing and how it will help each child in life.

Giving your children positive attention and rewards and praise when they do something brave can help your children tremendously. Praising your child, telling them you are proud of them , giving them a high five, smiling and more are huge behaviors parents can use to change anxious behaviors.

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www.lifeworksaz.com has worked with child, adolescents and families in relation to: anxiety disorders, stress, depression, ADHD, self esteem, Bullying and much more. You can read more about David’s expertise on his web site.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.