Anxiety and worries can be a normal part of any child growing up, being nervous about trying new things, making friends or sitting exams are examples most people can relate to. However, when these worries or anxious moments start to become more intense and impacts a child's wellbeing, development and quality of life it could be a sign that the child is experiencing anxiety. 
Anxiety is a mental health condition characterised by a mild to severe feeling of uneasiness, worry or fear. Anxiety in children can be hard to spot, mostly because it is usual for a child to experience different levels of anxiety as they grow up. As the NHS website outlines; it’s normal for children between 6m - 3years to experience separation anxiety, for preschool age children to develop fears, school age children often become worried about starting new schools and most teenagers experience a degree of social anxiety. 
Despite being harder to identify, anxiety in children and young people is a problem that needs addressing with studies suggesting rates are on the rise. Since 2017 the amount of children experiencing anxiety has risen to 1 in 6. In addition, a study into children's mental health and the impact of COVID has shown that up to 60% of children and young people are now experiencing anxiety and depressive symptoms. 
Talking therapies are a common treatment pathway for children experiencing anxiety, such as CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and counseling. Seven Care Services has trained professionals in both psychological therapy and counselling who can provide private sessions to children and young people experiencing anxiety. 
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