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By Southwest Children's Clinic
January 17, 2023
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Anxiety   Depression  

Anxiety and depression appear to be similar but have distinct characteristics. Anxiety is the body's fight or flight response before a noteworthy life event, trying a new adventure, or making an important decision. Depression involves feelings of remorse, helplessness, intrusive thoughts, a lack of energy or motivation, and persistent pessimism combined with a loss of interest in activities and hobbies once appreciated. Many children have fears and anxieties and may occasionally feel sad and hopeless at various stages of maturation. Toddlers frequently stress about parental separation, even if their safe and healthy. While some fears and worries are typical in children, persistent or intense forms of fear and sadness may indicate depression or anxiety in West Jordan, UT, which our Southwest Children's Clinic staff can assist you in identifying and avoiding.

Recognizing Anxiety And Depression in Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in 2016-2019, 9.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 5.8 million) were diagnosed with anxiety. During 2016-2019, 4.4% of children aged 3-17 years (about 2.7 million) were diagnosed with depression. It can manifest as fear or worry, but it can cause children to become moody and enraged. Anxiety symptoms include trouble sleeping and physical symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, or bellyaches. Because some anxious children keep their worries to themselves, it's easy to overlook the signs. Depression symptoms include changes in eating patterns, avoiding social situations, difficulty paying attention, and reporting feelings of uselessness or guilt. In more severe cases, children may exhibit signs of self-harm. Contact us as soon as you notice indications of depression and anxiety.

Our pediatrician at Southwest Children's Clinic prioritizes your family's needs Your children are our staff's commitment, and we look forward to helping them reach their highest potential. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to support and assist you with any questions or concerns about your child's health, particularly depression and anxiety. Please explore our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information about diagnosis and treatment for depression and anxiety in West Jordan, UT, or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southwest Children's Clinic, call (801) 563-1975.