What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders affect one out of every eight children. Untreated, young people with anxiety disorders are at a higher risk to struggle in school and in their relationships with adults and peers. Children with anxiety disorders share a prolonged sense of intense distress. It’s a combination of worry and dread that can impact all aspects of a child’s daily life.

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What is Anxiety? How can I Help?

School, friends, work, social media, relationships, grades and sports. All of these are triggers for stress in a youth’s day-to-day life. We know children and teens face many pressures. But what is the difference between being worried and having anxiety disorder?

Child with Separation Anxiety

How to Ease Your Child's Separation Anxiety

It’s important to understand the difference between anxiety that’s part of normal development and anxiety that’s excessive, so you can seek support for your child when needed to help ease these symptoms.

Behavioral Health

Managing Depression, Anxiety and Other Behavioral Health Issues in Primary Care

An estimated 20 percent of children struggle with mental health illness. As awareness grows, the call for primary care physicians to play a leading role in care grows louder.

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Comfort Hold Techniques

These comfort hold techniques have been developed to help you hold your child during a procedure. The purpose of a hold is for your child to feel safe and to help him or her keep still and calm. 

Little Girl


Hypnosis is a state of increased awareness. It happens when a person intensely focuses his or her attention.

Patient Stories



Life no longer felt manageable for 17-year-old Julia when she walked into Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Services. She found herself at a crisis point; depressed, anxious and completely exhausted of her thoughts and emotions.



When you meet Aubry, you meet a vibrant, creative, funny 11-year-old girl. She also has anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – but they don’t define her.

Leah B


“I want to be in the dark, alone, and I want to be unconscious.” Leah traces her depression and anxiety directly to her childhood. She moved to Ohio at eight years old when her father passed away from cancer.