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Child Counseling Anxiety in Phoenix Arizona and Scottsdale

Monday, November 5th, 2018


According to a recent report released by Researchers, anxiety affects 30 percent of children and adolescents at some point in their lives.

The institute reports a twenty percent increase in anxiety among young people over the last Ten years. Mental Health reports show hat of those who have anxiety, Ten percent percent experience severe impairment as a result of it. This may include poor academics, truancy, poor interpersonal relationships, poor communication skills with family members, substamce abuse, alcohol abuse, vaping, video game addiction etc. Not joining organizations or attending social gathering and much much more.

A growing number of children under 10 are living with anxiety, but several factors keep many from receiving treatment .One in five children ages 3 through 17 about 15 million have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year. But only fifteen percent of them get diagnosed or receive professional counseling services or medical care.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

Children and adolescents can learn a variety of skills to help with their anxiety: for example: cognitive behavioral techniques, Dialectical Behavioral techniques, stress management techniques, anger management skills, healthy life skills, health social skills, healthy communication skills, skills to build self, skills to improve family relationships and more

Children and teens will learn skills and coping skills to empower themselves when anxiety arises so they can manage their anxiety and live happy, fulfilled, and successful lives.

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Child Anxiety Therapy and Treatment, Scottsdale and Phoenix AZ

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

There are many causes of anxiety in children. The medical profession state their are biochemical imbalances however they are not well understood in the medical community. Negative thoughts and fear or the future all feed into the brain and create anxiety. Teens and children often skip breakfast and this has an impact on anxiety. Stress at school, stress with peers, stress with family members, stress of development, stress of per pressure, stress to perform academically, stress to play sports or be involved in social groups can all tap into feeling anxious.

Many children stay up late; texting, talking on their phones, playing video games, surfing the net, Facebook, Instagram, twitter and more and these activities keep children up so that they do not receive adequate sleep, The lack of sleep and poor sleep from being interrupted with texts and more impact the adrenals and fatigue and this creates more anxiety.

Anxiety will increase exponentially with video game and TV usage. Many teens and children are using media 40-65 hours a week. This impacts the part of the brain that regulates anxiety and stress and the constant hijacking of the brain will increase stress and anxiety and will impact your child’s mood and his or her sleep. It will impact their: social, communication, and grades.

Most children and teens do not even exercise one time per week. Daily family and school stressors need to be flushed out of the body and cortisol must be balanced out through exercise at least 5 days out of the week .

Half of children and teenagers experience episodes of fluctuating blood sugar..when the blood sugar levels become so low the brain begins to starve for food. Many children have experienced anxiety that goes a long with low blood sugar.

Avoiding sugars will help your child’s anxiety. To much can contribute to anxiety and panic attacks.  Blood sugar, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other minerals become imbalanced.

Many children and teens in the USA self medicate their stress and anxiety with alcohol and or marijuana. These drugs are extreme;y toxic to the central nervous system and will create even more anxiety down the road. Most teens do not know that the increase in anxiety is due to the marijuana so they continue to use and feel good for awhile and then feel increased anxiety and stress.

Surround yourself with uplifting positive people in your life. Look at things half full and stay positive.

Anxiety Panic Disorders

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Society is always looking for the quick fix. Anxiety disorders are usually chronic. Benzodiazepines(xanax,klonopin,valium, ativan) treatment can be prolonged and hence there can be increased risk of side effects.

Physical and psychological dependence, withdrawl symptoms(reduced alertness, memory loss,fatigue etc) can occur with regular and extended usage.
When individuals stop taking these meds they have a 50-75 percent chance of relapse.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be equally effective as medication for sleep challenges and anxiety.

Look into CBT before you start popping pills. Therapy and counseling can save you a lot of money without the side effects and I believe it is more effective.

David Abrams child teen adult counselor and psychotherapist
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Anxiety Teens, Child,Counseling, Counselor, Therapist Phoenix Scottsdale Chandler Glendale Arizona

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Children and teens with anxiety disorders experience excessive fear, worry, or discomfort that interferes with their daily lives.

Anxiety Diosrders that are commonly recognized include: Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been effective in treating anxiety disorders. Individuals learn to understand how their thinking patterns contribute to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts so that symptoms are less likely to occur.

David Abrams, therapist, child therapist, teen therapist, adolescent therapy, counseling, therapy, Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona, Tempe Arizona.
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Marijuana induced Anxiety, Panic Attacks Teens and Children

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Overall, based on available research, it does appear that marijuana can cause anxiety, and isn’t a great treatment for anxiety. Should you decide to continue (or start) using marijuana, remember that you absolutely need to combine it with non-medical, non-medicinal treatments.

The most common unpleasant side-effects of occasional marijuana use are anxiety and panic reactions. These effects may be reported by users, and they are a common reason for discontinuation of use; more experienced users may occasionally report these effects after receiving a much larger than usual dose of THC.

Marijuana smoking or ingestion of THC increases the heart rate by 20-50% within a few minutes to a quarter-of-an-hour; this effect lasts for up to 3 hours. Blood pressure is increased while the person is sitting, and decreased while standing.

The majority of all adverse responses to marijuana are panic reactions in which people begin to fear that they are dying or losing their minds. Panic reactions, or “bad trips”, may become so severe as to be incapacitating. Experts reports that roughly 50% of marijuana smokers in the United States have on some occasion experienced this adverse reaction.The most common disturbing reaction to marijuana is acute anxiety. The user becomes fearful of dying or going insane. Mounting anxiety may lead to panic.

Most studies contribute a panic attack to THC, the psychoactive part of the plant. Strains that are higher in cannabidiol (CBD) tend to counter THC. This would mean medical strains or an indica, which has a higher ratio of cannabidiol to THC than a sativa, which is mainly THC. Cannabidiol has anti-anxiety properties that counter the effect of THC. This is probably because it decreases the rate of THC to clear from the body, perhaps by interfering with the metabolism of THC in the liver. It is also responsible for a majority of the medicinal properties of cannabis and relieves things like convulsions, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea.

A substance-induced anxiety disorder is  categorized based on whether the prominent feature is generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, or phobia symptoms. In addition, the disorder is  based on whether it began during intoxication on a substance or during withdrawal from a substance. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during substance use can last as long as the drug is used. A substance-induced anxiety disorder that begins during withdrawal may first manifest up to four weeks after an individual stops using the substance.

Anxiety Counseling Therapy Teen Adult Scottsdale Phoenix Arizona Ahwatukee

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Stress and anxiety takes many forms and can present itself in many
different situations. It can impact social situations, friendships,
academics and work. Anxiety can cause someone to avoid getting a job or
moving into a new situation that is better for the individual
however the anxiety is keeping the person stuck. Depression and anxiety
are close relatives however you can see how not taking
action on something you desire can impact your mood in a negative way.
Anxiety can impact sleep and lack of sleep or interrupted sleep
will negatively impact mood, energy, performance and more. Anxiety is
seen weekly in college football where great athletes get stressed out
and : drop wide open passes, mishandle punts, miss field goals that are
made in practice, throw interceptions, mis assignments,
miss standard tackles, make mental mistakes that impact the team in a
negative manner.

Some common forms of anxiety: social anxiety, generalized anxiety,
separation anxiety, performance anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
and more. All of these can be managed through various tools that are
evidence based. counseling and therapy teaches tools that will help
manage anxiety and stress. It is a collaborative effort to help
with each child or adults anxiety challenge. An initial assessment is
done to look at all aspects of ones life from birth till present:
including academics, development, parenting,self esteem, family,
medical, social, behavioral, emotional, mental, mood, stressors,
positive strengths of each individual and more.

After the assessment David will create unique service plan to address
areas of concern. There are many great research based tools
that are taught depending on the challenged areas. Some evidence based
tools that have great success treating anxiety are:
cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, Progressive Relaxation Tools, CBT
Mindfulness tools. David has a history of success using the above
mentioned skills. David also has a history of success working with
children and teens that have anxiety. David uses play therapy, art
therapy, sports therapy games, talk therapy combined with CBT and more
to facilitate rapport and create desired change.

If you go to you can read testimonials from parents and
adults that suffered from anxiety as well as many
professionals and experts that have observed David and his work.

Anxiety Child Phoenix Arizona

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Many children and teens suffer from anxiety. It can take the form of
a : panic attack, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, performance
anxiety, school anxiety, social anxiety etc.

Children, teens, and families can learn a variety of coping skills to
alleviate anxiety so it does not interfere with: school, academics,
social , and family life.

Some effective tools include: cognitive behavioral counseling or
therapy involving the child or teen and family.
Progressive relaxation skills as well as specialized diaphramatic

There are other tools that can be effective like: emdr ( eye movement
desensitization reprocessing) and many other great skills to empower
your child for the rest of his life. provides counseling and coaching for adolescents
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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Sixty five percent of high School teens admitted they were stressed in a recent study. up to seventy percent of children 9-13 stated they were stressed in life at a moderate level.

Anxiety and stress appears to impact almost fifteen percent of youth ages 9-17. Many physical symptoms like: sleep disorders, stomach aches, headaches, and behavioral problems at school and behavioral problems at home cab be attributed stress and anxiety.

Societal pressure to excel at a high level in everything a child or teen does can create anxiety and stress. Parents can model balance, peace, relaxation for their children and teens and teach balance in: homework, cell phone use, texting, spending time at friends, sleep, athletics, and more. If a child or adolescent is out of balance it will create: anxiety, stress, fear, and potentially many other issues. Children and teens learn about stress and anxiety from those around them parents or grandparents typically.

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Teaching children to cope with stress and grief and anxiety and challenges is the best thing a parent can do. Coping skills allows the child’s hormones and brain the balance it needs to grow and develop into balanced healthy young adults.

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