A Child Anxiety Disorder - Case Studies

This page presents case studies about children who suffer from a child anxiety disorder. This page is under construction. If you are interested in either of the case studies presented below contact Dr. O"Connor. She will let you know when these case studies are available for purchase.

Read  Dr. O'Connor's case studies about a child anxiety disorder. Two case studies are discussed below. These case studies can increase your understanding of child anxiety, and how to help.

The children featured in these case studies present  differently and show varying symptoms of anxiety.They exemplify different categories of anxiety disorders, as well. And the consequences of the anxiety disorders they suffer play out differently for each child, at school, at home and in the community.

Hence, these children not only present differently, they require different intervention strategies. Children do not typically present in the same way, even if they share the same anxiety disorder. Similarly "no one size fits all" in terms of intervention strategies. And both the assessment, and intervention strategies must be tailored to the individual needs of the child or adolescent.

Each case study is designed to increase your understanding of the child anxiety problem  that concerns you. With increased understanding of how a anxiety in children can present, and the kinds of intervention strategies that can help, you will be in a better position to promote positive outcomes in an anxious child, despite the challenges he or she faces.

Remember -"Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It."  Each case study is designed to increase your understanding of child anxiety, and to help to help promote positive outcomes in the anxious children you care about or work with, despite the challenges they face. 

If you feel either of these case studies can help  you, help a child who suffers from  a child anxiety disorder, you can purchase these case studies together, for a discounted price, or as a single item.

So how can these studies help you? As you read each one, think about the child  you are concerned about. Does she or he exhibit similar concerns and behaviors? Which of his/her symptoms do you think point to a child anxiety disorder? Do you think this child's behaviors reflect those that can signal a child anxiety disorder? Are these behavioral symptoms inhibiting the child’s ability to cope with the emotional, social, learning and/or behavioral challenges of his or her life? What stressors do you think have triggered high levels of anxiety in this child? And what kind of strategies do you think could best help this child?

Further suggestions for using this case study to help you help a child or adolescent who shows how levels of anxiety have been outlined in the the case study itself. Each case study includes the following  sections.

Background Information & presenting concerns;

A Child Anxiety Disorder: Case Study # 1.

 case study has experienced a number of stressors that contribute to and exacerbate her feelings of anxiety. A close family member also suffers from an anxiety disorder, thereby suggesting a genetic risk for developing an anxiety disorder herself. Her anxious, sensitive temperament, which she exhibited as an infant and young child, and which continues, may also increase her vulnerability for developing an anxiety disorder. As an introverted child she tends to internalize her distress rather than to act out in an angry and/or aggressive manner.

As you read this case study, note the symptoms of anxiety she exhibits. Anxiety disorders and depression often co-exist. In addition to an anxiety disorder, this child was also diagnosed with depression. Avoidance behaviors are evident, as well, and usually apply to situations that trigger anxiety in this child.

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Our Case Study – A Child Anxiety Disorder

To protect the confidentiality of the child discussed in this case, and her family, all identifying information has been changed.

A Case Study

The Problem: Symptoms of a Child Anxiety Disorder

Parent Concerns: Mary is a 9 year old child. She exhibits a range of concerning behaviors including those that often signal a child anxiety disorder. She lives with her parents and several siblings. Mary’s parents reported that she has difficulty paying attention and concentrating. She is also reluctant to do her school work and finds spelling and reading hard. Her parents reported that Mary often seems detached and off in “her own little world” . She has an active imagination, which includes imaginary friends.

Mary's parents reported concerns about her self-esteem and feel she is very shy. Mary experienced difficulty adjusting to her multi-grade class because she feels shy and nervous around older children. According to her parents Mary has always been shy and reluctant to participate with others. She is so shy, according to her parents, that she does not always answer when someone says "hi" or she speaks so softly that she can't be heard. She generally appears shy with everyone. In addition, she is reluctant to leave home to go to school or on outings and errands. She needs to be coaxed and cajoled to leave the house. Mary's parents also described Mary as nervous and anxious. They reported that when Mary is nervous she will get up and walk away or detach from the situation and withdraw into her own little world.

To read more about Mary’s symptoms, as well as the results of the psychological assessment that was conducted to explore her needs click here to join Dr. O'Connor's member-ship site. You can then click on to read the rest of this case study. At the end of the case study you will find recommended solutions to help Mary and children who exhibit similar concerns. You can try the recommendations that interest you to help an anxious child.