Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Anxiety

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Anxiety

Learn more about symptoms and treatments for mental health problems in children including ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression

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Outpatient

717-531-8338 (Hershey)

or

717-782-2737 (Harrisburg)

Anxiety

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with a person’s daily activities. In children, anxiety appears as:

  • Not paying attention
  • Being irritable
  • Complaints about their body (such as stomachaches)
  • Constant need to be reassured

To be called an anxiety disorder, these problems must be persistent and make it harder to function at home or school.

How is anxiety treated?

Psychotherapy

These treatments work well for anxiety:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • A type of talk therapy
    • Focuses on changing thoughts and behavior that leads to anxiety and other psychological problems
  • Medication - a number of medications for anxiety are approved for children and teens. They correct chemical problems in the brain that may add to symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are more common in children who have chronic (long-lasting) medical illnesses, like diabetes or asthma. Anxiety can make the medical illness worse and harder to treat. Penn State Children’s Hospital has group therapy programs to help children who suffer from anxiety and a chronic disease. 

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Psychiatry

Other Programs that offer treatment services for children with ASD at Penn State Health

  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, 717-782-2737 (all PPI services housed at PPI Campus on 2501 N 3rd St Harrisburg, PA)
    • Counseling and medication treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety

Cognitive behavioral group therapy is designed to treat social anxiety and extreme shyness in children. Treatment includes psycho-education, relaxation techniques, role play, basic cognitive restructuring skills, problem solving and social skills. In-home exercises are also provided.Group Therapy for children and adolescents with social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

Cognitive behavioral group therapy is designed to treat social anxiety and extreme shyness in children. Treatment includes psycho-education, relaxation techniques, role play, basic cognitive restructuring skills, problem solving and social skills. In-home exercises are also provided.

This eight to 10 week program will be held at Penn State Medical Group, 22 Northeast Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 (behind Tanger Outlet Center) starting on June 8 and will meet on Thursdays, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm and is open to any child or teenager, ages 6 to 18 years, with a primary diagnosis of social anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder. Timothy Zeiger, PsyD, assistant professor, psychiatry, leads the sessions. Please be advised that standard co-pay charges may apply.  

Parents wanting more information can call our CareLine at 800-243-1455. Physicians who would like to discuss or make a referral, please call the MD Network at 800-233-4082.

*This group is not appropriate for those with active suicidal ideation, severe depression that is likely to interfere with participation and attendance, active psychotic symptoms or any Autism spectrum disorder.