With our support, we can help young people and children move forward with their lives and feel happier, more confident and more comfortable within themselves and when communicating with their peers or others around them.
OCD is an anxiety disorder linked to unwanted thoughts (obsessions), these thoughts lead to anxiety and behaviours or other ways of neutralising unwanted thoughts (compulsions). The behaviours reduce anxiety in the short term but not in the long term. While many of us have quirks and behaviours which we may label OCD in a mild and often light-hearted way, OCD is a real problem for many people and impacts on an individuals’ quality of life and health. The way in which OCD can manifests itself in people can vary widely, but we can help.
Panic attacks occur when your body experiences a rush of intense psychological and physical symptoms. The individual may feel an overwhelming sense of fear, apprehension and anxiety as well physical symptoms such as nausea, sweating and breathing difficulties. Living with the threat of panic attacks can be extremely debilitating, but is certainly treatable.
Having low self-esteem can have a real impact on a child’s life, affecting their ability to develop relationships, pursue a interest and hobby and achieve a sense of wellbeing. It can result in feeling of guilt and blame, as well as anxiety and low mood. There are many ways that these feelings can be overcome, tailoring support to the child and their personal interests and goals.
Children and teenagers often suffer from low moods and depression, feelings that can be long-lasting and wide range of effects on their wider life. Identifying these difficulties early is key in terms of instigating change. We recognise the pressures faced by young people and can help make both the individual and their parents and teachers aware of key signs and symptoms they should look out for.
The time we spend sleeping is vital in terms of our mental and physical health. The stresses and pressures of daily life can often have adverse effects on our sleep and whether or not we feel rested when we wake up. Although it varies for everyone, the average adult requires approximately 7-8 hours per night, and children can require up to 14 hours or more. If you or someone you know are suffering from persistent poor sleep or insomnia, we can help.
Eating disorders can take a number of forms, but typically refer to an individual with an unhelpful attitude to food which is leading to anxiety and distress. This may result in them eating too much or too little, or becoming obsessed with weight or diet. Eating disorders may include anorexia nervosa, bulimia or binge eating and can affect both males and females of any age.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the term used to describe a number of conditions, including Asperger Syndrome. These conditions typically affect a person’s ability to interact with society, as well their general interests, behaviour and ability to learn. They will often see, hear and feel the world differently to other people and although many autistic people share certain difficulties, it will most likely affect them in different ways. People with Asperger Syndrome in particular don’t usually experience the same learning difficulties that those with Autism do but might still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. For more information and details of how we can help please or to book an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment visit this page.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can present with symptoms that include impulsiveness, difficulties concentrating on one task and hyperactivity. People suffering from ADHD can be diagnosed at an early age, however symptoms may only become apparent when their circumstances change, for instance when they start school. Symptoms usually improve with age, but many adults with the condition may have additional problems, such as sleep difficulties , anxiety and feel low in mood. For more information and details of how we can help visit this page.
Most children have behavioural problems from time to time and anger is a normal and useful emotion. It can tell children that a situation feels is unfair or is not right. However, being a powerful emotion and it can be quite alarming to see a child react to anger with aggressive outbursts. During a given situation they may feel criticised, misunderstood or falsely accused which leads to a sense of injustice. The cumulative effect of a number of these situations can lead the child to believe they are not good enough, wrong or a bad person.
Treatment for other difficulties
In most instances, our initial assessments will dictate that we recommend children undertake a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These sessions will help them learn strategies that will enable them to cope in situations which trigger anxiety and overcome their difficulties.
Alternatively, we may conclude that the specific difficulty they are experiencing may benefit from additional Psychological, Clinical or Occupational Therapy. Should this be the case, we will discuss our suggestions with the child’s parent/guardian and will not commence any therapy until they are comfortable with the decision.
Whichever therapy we provide, there is no doubt that it can be very helpful for children to talk to a professional who can understand their difficulties and can support them appropriately, allowing them to be more open and honest about their thoughts and feelings and learn how to overcome their difficulties.
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All clinicians at Oxford CBT practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or are Psychologists, providing evidence-based interventions and support for Depression and a range of other conditions for both young people and adults. If you would like more information, please visit our FAQ’s page or get in touch via our online contact form or call us on 01865 920077.