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Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health problem across the lifespan, create a huge personal burden for individuals and substantial economic burden for society. Anxiety  disorders have a particularly early age of onset and often run a chronic course. Indeed, half of all people who experience an anxiety disorder 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 with anxiety receive any sort of professional  support, let alone support that has been shown to work. This talk will illustrate the multiple barriers that families experience from the emergence of problems to the point at which  children and families access support, in which families can fall through the holes and be left to struggle on unsupported. It will also describe our recent research that has clear implications for how to  overcome the barriers families can face and instead empower families by providing the support they need to help them to help their children.

 

This event is open to all health care professionals.

Places are limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Angela Fox (angela.fox@hmc.ox.ac.uk).

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