Anxiety can manifest itself differently in children and adults. Young children may suffer from separation anxiety. Separations for child care or school can trigger significant distress. A skilled child psychiatrist such as Dr. Rosen, can guide parents to help their children become more independent and less anxious.
Selective mutism is another type of anxiety disorder in which children communicate normally at home with immediate family members but do not speak to teachers, peers or in other unfamiliar settings. This behavior is often dismissed as "being shy" but can have significant impact on a child's social-emotional development and may be a precursor to onset of other anxiety problems later in life.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which children can have unwanted, intrusive thoughts that cause significant distress, as well as ritualized behaviors performed in order to relieve anxiety or prevent harm. OCD can be a lifelong disorder and diagnosis and treatment with a skilled child psychiatrist can be very helpful. Teens and adults struggle with panic attacks and generalized anxiety.
Despite the significant distress that anxiety can cause, anxious individuals are often high achieving, successful and resilient people. Dr. Rosen is an expert in the treatment of anxiety and can help decrease distress with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication.