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Emotional concerns

Children’s emotional well-being, or mental health, is integral to their overall health, development and well-being (AIHW, 2012). Their mental health is about how they feel about themselves, how they feel about others and how they function on a day-to-day basis. Around 20 % of the world’s children and adolescents have mental problems or disorders (WHO, 2007). Children’s mental health can be impacted by a number of emotional concerns. Emotional concerns are primarily related to the connection of children’s thoughts to their feelings and behaviours. For example, children with anxiety and depression have inappropriate or negative thoughts that impact how they feel. Other children may experience emotional distress because they have experienced a significant loss, stressful event or traumatic event. Children may also have emotional concerns that are exhibited as problematic behaviours because they do not have adequate skills in emotional awareness, understanding or regulation.

We are highly qualified and experienced in assessing and treating a range of emotional concerns, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Loss and grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive and other related disorders
  • Disorders caused by trauma or experiences that cause stress
  • Anger
  • Self-esteem
  • Tic disorders
  • Gender diversity and sexual identity