60pc rise in chil­dren hav­ing anx­i­ety ther­apy

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Laura Don­nelly

THE num­ber of chil­dren hav­ing ther­apy for anx­i­ety has risen by 60 per cent in two years, new fig­ures show.

Child­line said grow­ing dis­tress among chil­dren and teenagers was fu­elling record num­bers of coun­selling ses­sions, in­clud­ing thou­sands for chil­dren hav­ing panic at­tacks.

Their fig­ures show 13,746 ses­sions in 2016-17 for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from anx­i­ety – in­clud­ing 3,304 panic at­tacks. Peter Wan­less, of the NSPCC, said: “Anx­i­ety is a grow­ing prob­lem in young peo­ple’s lives to­day, and it is not go­ing away. We all need to help chil­dren and teenagers find ways to cope with their anx­ious feel­ings and not dis­miss them as an over­re­ac­tion.”

It fol­lows warn­ings from Jeremy Hunt, the Health Sec­re­tary, that heavy use of so­cial me­dia is fu­elling in­creas­ing de­spair, in­ad­e­quacy and lev­els of self-harm among chil­dren.

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