Silent Panic: Kids & Anxiety

Kids & Anxiety

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Most kids get anxious from time to time – but now, more and more children are suffering from prolonged anxiety that can have last effects.

What’s causing the problem and what can parents do?

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a family therapist, stopped by The Couch to discuss the growing problem.

“We know that anxiety is the #1 mental health issue t hat’s impactingour children we know that 1 out of 10 kids are suggetinf gfrom it. it’s compormising their sense of safery inthe world and restricting the waythey connect.”

“I think that our kids are overstimulated,” said Dr. Hokemeyer. “The kids that I see… they have a hard time putting down their BlackBerrys or whatever they’re using online, and so their attention span has gotten very short. And because they’re so connected, they’re just connected to all this negative information that’s happening in the world – and it gives them a lot of anxiety.”

What signs should you be looking for in your kids if your’e worried about t hem suffering from anxiety? Check out the video below to find out.