I’ve been in therapy since I was 9 years old. You should be so lucky.
Let me explain: For my whole life I’ve struggled with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition that can make even the simplest decisions and actions debilitating. Anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions are not uncommon in children, especially those who come from a family with a history of mental illness, like mine.
Children and teenagers with a psychiatric disorder have six times higher odds of having health, legal, financial and social problems as adults. But with quality, ongoing care, children with mental health complications like anxiety can go on to live happy, successful lives.