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All children experience fears and worries from time to time. If the fears and worries are persistent, or seem out of proportion to what is happening in a young person’s life, we may describe this as anxiety.

Signs that your child might be experiencing anxiety include:

  • Worrying a lot (about a specific topic, or a range of topics)
  • Feeling scared or fearful
  • Avoiding things that he / she is afraid of
  • Difficulty being away from parents/caregivers (including difficulty sleeping alone)
  • Wanting things to be perfect, or to be “in control”
  • A strong need to repeat certain actions, or certain thoughts, over and over
  • Frequent reassurance-seeking
  • Concentration problems
  • Physical aches or pains (e.g., stomach aches, headaches) without a known medical cause
  • Seeming irritable or agitated
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep difficulties

It may be helpful to consult with a professional if your child’s fears or worries are interfering with his/her ability to do things that other children of their age are doing easily, or interfering with enjoyment in one or more areas of life (e.g., friendships, schoolwork, or family life).

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in evaluating and managing anxiety in children and adolescents:

Daryl is a paediatrician who has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 30 years and currently holds appointments as a general paediatrician in the department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital, associate professor in the University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, and senior research fellow in the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Daryl is active in research into better ways to treat children with developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and Tourette syndrome.

Emily is a General Paediatrician who enjoys managing children of all ages with a family centered, holistic approach. She has a specific interest in managing children with complex genetic or medical problems as well as developmental and behavioural conditions such as autism, anxiety, ADHD and learning disorders. She also enjoys working with children who have constipation, encopresis, wetting issues, sleep problems, headaches and other common paediatric medical conditions.

Fiona has worked with children and families with a broad range of difficulties for over 18 years.  Her experience spans a range of settings, including mental health and early intervention.  In addition to working in private practice, Fiona coordinates the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Children’s Hospital and is engaged in teaching and lecturing.  

Michaela trained as a Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s and The Mercy Hospitals in Melbourne.

During her training Michaela specialised in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, but since then she has continued to work both acute and outpatient settings, seeing children of all ages, including babies.

Michaela’s areas of interests include developmental delay, speech delay, failure to thrive and growth concerns, Autism, ADHD, constipation, encopresis and enuresis, behavioural problems, anxiety, eczema, asthma and urinary tract infections.

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