Bellevue, WA, August 09, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Leah Koenig, Child Therapist & Parent Coach, announces the publication of a new article that discusses the differences between Anxiety and ADHD in Children.
According to the CDC, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric behavioral disorder that shows itself as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. The pervasive inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity often results in children having a difficult time with school, social relationships and home life. Prevalence estimates of ADHD in school-aged children have ranged from 2% to 18%.
According to the Surgeon General, the prevalence of Anxiety disorders in children is higher than that of virtually all other mental disorders of childhood and adolescence. The estimated prevalence in children ages 9 to 17 is 13 percent.
“One of the problems I see frequently is a child diagnosed with ADHD who is really battling anxiety. This may be partly because that child is disruptive in the classroom and ADHD has effective medication options,” Koenig says. “It is understandable because the symptoms of both are quite similar. However the treatment is very different.”
“ADHD is an organic issue, meaning that medication can be helpful. Anxiety, on the other hand, is often the result of a child dealing with trauma, beliefs, thoughts or feelings,” Koenig says. “This is where therapy can be impactful in helping the child learn to manage their anxiety in an effective way.”
Leah Koenig’s article further discusses the differences between ADHD and Anxiety in children, common symptoms and treatment modalities. It can be found on her website at www.myparentcoach.net in the “tips” section.
Leah Koenig, MA LMHCA of Collaborative Couples & Family Counseling, LLC is a child therapist specializing in play therapy. She is also a PCI certified Parent Coach and Love and Logic facilitator. To contact Leah, visit her website at www.securelove.net.