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Your child may show outward signs of anxiety such as panic attacks, withdrawing from school or social activities, excessive worrying (the “what-if?s”), or specific fears. These symptoms are easily recognized as anxiety. However, in children, anxiety often manifests itself as irritability, agitation, defiance, anger, or sleep difficulties. We understand that watching your child struggle with stress and anxiety can be very difficult. Your attempts to help your child may not be working or he/she may be requiring constant reassurance through excessive questioning and self-doubt. You may be concerned that the symptoms are getting worse and may start (or continue) to affect their grades, friendships, and ability to function independently. We specialize in anxiety and, after a brief consultation, we will be able to tell you if the difficulties your child is exhibiting are something that will pass as a normal stage of development or if it something more serious that can cause further difficulties if not treated. Anxiety is genetically inherited much like eye or hair color. If anxiety runs in your family, this is even more reason to address it as early as possible. Our clinicians at McCaskill Family Services specialize in the most empirically effective treatment for anxiety known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Through our extensive training and experience using this treatment approach, your child will learn strategies in a caring, supportive environment to effectively manage their symptoms of anxiety and you, as the parent, will know exactly what to do to help your child.