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Developing Minds NY

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in FiDi (Financial District), New York, NY

Anxiety disorders, the most common mental health condition in children and teenagers, affect nearly 1 in 3 people before the age of 18. Anxiety can affect a child's learning, social life, and physical health. At Developing Minds NY, in the Financial District of Manhattan, Stephen Gamss, DO, can diagnose the exact nature of your child’s anxiety to ensure that you and your family receive appropriate care and support. To schedule an evaluation for anxiety, call the office in New York City, or book online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

An anxiety disorder is different from normal feelings of anxiety. All children and teens experience nervousness, worry, or fear in response to some experiences. However, ongoing, overwhelming feelings of anxiety can indicate the presence of a mental health condition.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders. The most common type is known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by near-constant worry or distress over daily experiences that are disproportionate to the situation at hand. 

Other types of anxiety disorders include panic disorder, social anxiety, and phobias like fear of spiders, heights, or flying. 

Anxiety can cause problems with your child’s concentration, school performance, social relationships, or family life. 

How do I know if my child has an anxiety disorder? 

Signs of anxiety in school-aged children and teens may include:  

  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty leaving parents or caregivers
  • Easy startle response
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stomachaches
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Panic attacks

Avoiding people, situations, or activities that trigger anxious feelings can also indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder.

What services are available for anxiety?

Dr. Gamss and the team at Developing Minds NY can provide a precise diagnosis of your child’s symptoms. Once the type of anxiety disorder has been established, the team offers treatment solutions and resources for patients and their families. 

Dr. Gamss helps children and teens regain control over their anxiety so they can function at school and at home. Available services for anxiety include:

Diagnostic evaluation

To determine the exact cause of your child’s anxiety symptoms, Dr. Gamss performs a comprehensive evaluation. This typically involves a 90-minute assessment session, a review of medical history, and input from your child’s teachers, medical team, and previous or current mental health providers. 

In some cases, genetic testing can help provide an accurate diagnosis and determine the ideal treatment plan.

Medication management

If medication is necessary to address your child’s anxiety, Dr. Gamss can provide ongoing monitoring of your child’s response to specific doses. He tracks their ongoing progress and makes changes in dosage or medicines when needed.

Comprehensive evaluation report

Developing Minds NY provides detailed reports to schools, outside agencies, benefits providers, and other entities. These reports help your child receive the services and support that can help them reach their own unique potential.

To schedule a consultation at Developing Minds NY, call today or book online.