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Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety & Depression services offered in Frisco, TX

Anxiety & Depression services offered in the greater Frisco, TX area

Childhood anxiety and depression cases continue to rise in the United States, and it’s more crucial than ever for parents, caregivers, and medical professionals to work together to address these mental health concerns. At Sunny Hill Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, board-certified pediatrician Min Jung, MD, takes a conservative, evidence-based approach to treating anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Anxiety & Depression Q & A

What are anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders. They can develop at any age, including in early childhood and adolescence. Since young children may not have the vocabulary to express their emotions fully, their behaviors may be the only signs of distress.

At Sunny Hill Pediatrics, Dr. Jung takes a collaborative approach to care, working with you to identify and address any potential mental health concerns facing your child.

How common are anxiety and depression in children?

Anxiety and depression are relatively common in children of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Depression (CDC), around 9% of children have anxiety, and 4% experience depression. A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) also shows that these conditions are on the rise in children ages 3-17. 

As a board-certified pediatrician who prioritizes conservative, evidence-based treatments, Dr. Jung can help you and your family get comprehensive care.

How do anxiety and depression symptoms develop in children?

Anxiety and depression symptoms in children vary, and many signs overlap. The warning signs of anxiety in children can include::

  • Specific fears and phobias
  • Generalized worry, dread, and nervousness
  • Stomachaches or headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Bad dreams or nightmares
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble completing tasks
  • Restlessness

Signs of depression in children include:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sluggishness
  • No longer enjoying fun activities
  • Disconnecting from friends
  • Self-harm

Mood swings, behavioral changes, and sudden irritability or anger are other common signs of anxiety and depression that can affect your child’s mental health.

What causes anxiety and depression in children?

While the underlying cause of anxiety and depression remains unknown, many factors can increase a child’s risk, including:

  • Trauma and stress
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Abuse or neglect

Certain personality types, particularly those that are sensitive or feel rejection easily, are also at a greater risk of anxiety and depression.

What are the treatments for anxiety and depression in children?

Dr. Jung works with you and other specialists to ensure your child receives comprehensive care for anxiety and depression. Treatments may include the following:

  • Nutrition changes
  • Physical activity
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Sufficient sleep
  • Medication

You can rest assured that your child receives personalized, evidence-based care at Sunny Hill Pediatrics. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more.