Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Mayo Clinic accepts appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System sites.

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  • Experience and team approach. Mayo Clinic experts in psychiatry and psychology services use a team approach to evaluate and diagnose your anxiety disorder. These compassionate psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals listen patiently to thoroughly understand your concerns, health issues and experience with anxiety to create a treatment plan suited to your needs.
  • Unique, successful program for children and teens. The Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota provides special expertise in diagnosing and treating children and teens.
  • Integrating practice and research. The clinicians in the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota are conducting cutting-edge research into the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and using that knowledge to deliver the highest quality care.
  • Outstanding ranking. Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is consistently ranked among the Best Hospitals for psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report.

Treatment at Mayo Clinic: Children and teens

At Mayo Clinic, parents are thoroughly involved in their children's diagnosis and treatment sessions from beginning to end. Parents learn how to effectively support children during anxiety-inducing situations or periods. Mayo Clinic's Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Clinic provides advanced, evidence-based medical and psychological treatment for anxiety disorders.

Mayo Clinic child outpatient anxiety treatment

Your child or teen can receive cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management on an outpatient basis. Psychotherapy consists mainly of exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy. This treatment teaches children skills to manage their anxiety and teaches parents to effectively provide support. With these tools in place, the child and therapist develop a list of situations that cause the child to feel anxious. With the help of the therapist, the child then gradually faces these fears and learns how to manage them. Treatment typically consists of about 10 weekly sessions.

Mayo Clinic intensive child anxiety treatment

Treatment for children and teens who have anxiety disorders is available in an intensive format for families unable to spend extended time at Mayo Clinic. Treatment can be provided in a nine-session format over five days. The goals of these intensive treatments are to:

  • Teach the child and parents to be experts on anxiety and how behavioral treatment works
  • Decrease the child's symptoms through successful completion of exposures to anxiety-inducing situations
  • Teach the child and parents how to conduct exposure therapy so that they can continue working at home

Follow-up care is provided by phone.

Sept. 25, 2014