Anxious Child Or Teen Specialist

O.C. Child and Family

Harry B. Rauch, MD

Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist located in Irvine, CA

If your child seems always on edge or has irrational fears or phobias, Harry B. Rauch, MD, can help. At his psychiatry practice in Irvine, California, Dr. Rauch offers effective diagnostic tools for conditions like social phobias, panic disorders, anxiety attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He can recommend effective treatments to reduce your child’s anxiety symptoms, including behavioral therapies and medications. Dr. Rauch creates customized treatment plans with a goal of enhancing your child’s quality of life and improving their success at school and in social situations. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to find out how to help your anxious child.

Anxious Child or Teen

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is your body’s normal reaction to stress that alerts you to potentially dangerous situations. With an anxiety disorder, feelings of anxiety or nervousness become extreme, causing irrational fears and resulting in avoidance behaviors.

As a result, your child may act inappropriately in certain situations, avoiding people, places, and things that can trigger their symptoms.

What are common types of anxiety disorders?

There are a variety of anxiety disorders that can affect children and young adults. Dr. Rauch has experience in multiple types of anxiety issues, including:

  • Panic disorder
  • Selective mutism
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social anxieties and phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also a condition relating to anxiety. OCD is a condition where your child has persistent thoughts or ideas that make them do things repeatedly, such as washing hands or turning lights on and off.

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Initially, Dr. Rausch may recommend blood work and other medical tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that can trigger anxiety symptoms. He also reviews your child’s family history to identify family members that may also have anxiety issues.

During your child’s evaluation, Dr. Rausch discusses your child’s symptoms, including their frequency and severity. He may ask your child questions about their fears and worries to determine if their concerns are within normal limits.

If your child’s anxiety disorder is causing symptoms that interfere with school work or life at home, Dr. Rauch may recommend one or more types of treatment.

What treatment options are available for anxiety disorders?

For children and teenagers who have serious anxiety symptoms or phobias, Dr. Rauch may first recommend talk therapies to help them find new ways to cope with running thoughts and irrational fears. Children can learn relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to lower their heart rate and lessen their fears when anxiety gets out of control.

In some cases, Dr. Rausch may also recommend medications to help manage serious feelings of anxiety, depression, or panic. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be very effective in the treatment of the disruptive symptoms of anxiety.

If you have an anxious child or teenager, schedule an evaluation online or by phone with Dr. Rauch to learn more about effectively managing symptoms.