Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health problem across the lifespan. They have a particularly early age of onset – half of all people who experience them at some point in their life will first experience those difficulties by the age of 11 years. Yet we have found that an extremely small proportion of children who experience significant and sustained problems receive any sort of professional support, let alone support that is known to be effective.
ACAMH’s ex Digital Executive, Stacey Kelly-Maher, spoke to Professor Cathy Creswell about some of the barriers to support for children, the Anxiety and Depression in Young people research clinic, and her role as the lead for the Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health research network.
Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology at Oxford University. Cathy’s research mainly focuses on the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people. Her team in The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC) research group apply a broad range of methods (including experimental, longitudinal, clinical trial and qualitative methods and systematic reviews) with children, young people and families in both community and clinical settings, with the ultimate aim of improving access to and outcomes from psychological treatments for these common conditions.