When do anxiety disorders emerge?
Anxiety disorders tend to emerge earlier than other types of mental illness, with a median age of onset of 11-years-old, and some studies suggest that the average high school student today has the same anxiety level as a psychiatric patient did in the 1950s. Given the high prevalence and burden associated with depression and anxiety disorders in adolescents, there is a clear need for brief and effective interventions such as psychoeducational sessions. A well-established therapy for anxiety is cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and patterns. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has become the leading treatment for anxiety and research indicates the CBT can be an effective treatment for anxiety without any form of medication, after as few as eight sessions.