Responding to child anxiety in general practice

Runtime 00:32:46
Released 26/11/21
Emerging Minds Podcast
Emerging Minds Podcast
Responding to child anxiety in general practice

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health difficulties experienced by Australian children. In this episode, we’re joined by Dr Andrew Leech, a GP based in Perth, Western Australia, to discuss working with children, parents and families where paediatric anxiety may be present.

Andrew has a passion for paediatric general practice as well as the role that GPs can play in positively influencing a child’s life trajectory. This year, Andrew was selected to be part of the WA Health Clinical Advisory Group Taskforce reviewing mental healthcare in children – a review that is still ongoing.

Andrew discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on child anxiety; anxiety presentations by age and stage; strategies to support children experiencing anxiety; how to recognise when further specialist support might be needed; ways of ‘holding the family’ while they await specialist support; and resources to help GPs in this work.

In this episode you will learn:

  • what the prevalence of childhood anxiety is in Australia (03:56)
  • what to expect from typical developmental behaviours and when a child may need further support (05:24)
  • how to identify anxiety presentations in different ages and stages, including infants, toddlers, and school-aged children (06:53)
  • how to decide when a child may require specialist support and how to support the family through that process (12:49)
  • ways to support a child experiencing anxiety and work sensitively with the family (16:36)
  • ways to work sensitively with the child’s parents/carers (22:33)
  • how GPs can support families as communities start to re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic, including transitions back to school and living with COVID-19 in the community (27:19)
  • where to find supporting resources to assist GPs in this work (30:02)

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