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Greenwich, CT: Speaker talked about anxiety; "a third of kids" are affected by age 18

Dec 13, 2017, Greenwich (CT) Time: Psychologist schools Greenwich families on anxiety http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Psychologist-schools-Greenwich-families-on-anxiety-12428637.php Speaking to an audience of parents and school professionals at Carmel Academy this week, Galanti outlined symptoms of anxious children and treatment methods. “A third of kids will meet some criteria for an anxiety disorder by age 18,” said Galanti, founder of Long Island Behavioral Psychology, with offices in in Cedarhurst and Rockville Centre, N.Y. “Anxiety disorders happen really young. They are the first class of mental disorders to pop up. The median age of onset is 6 years old. It can be younger, but it typically peaks around 12.” Carmel, a private Jewish K-8 day school, has seen anxiety among students spiking in the past decade, said Jonathan Holub, director of Educational Resources and program director for PALS Learning Center at Carmel. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in anxiety across the board here, just like many other schools and institutions, and research is showing it’s everywhere right now,” he said. “There are so many different reasons why it could be happening. We see it a lot with students feeling a lot of pressure, both internal and external.” Three anxiety disorders are most common in children, Galanti said. They may have generalized anxiety (constant worries about everything from homework to sports to terrorism to their parents divorcing), social anxiety or separation anxiety. …