As a parent, getting help for your anxious teenager is a top priority. To help him or her live a happy, healthy life, you first have to open the lines of communication with your teen, discuss the need for professional help, and find a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional you both like.
For teenagers especially, it’s important to involve them in the process of getting professional help, starting with the initial conversation about why therapy might be necessary.
Generally speaking, it’s expected that a child, especially a young child, will get upset when leaving his or her parents, whether it’s for school, daycare, or a short time with a babysitter. In fact, as a parent, you may also feel a twinge of that same sadness and worry the first few times you have to leave your child in the care of someone else. So what factors elevate a child’s seemingly natural reaction to being separated from a parent to a more serious anxiety disorder?
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