Anxiety and Mood Assessments

New Paths Of Thinking & Reacting

Anxiety and Mood Assessments


 

The presence of an anxiety or mood disorder can have consequential impacts on the emotional, social, and academic abilities of children, adolescents, and young adults. An Anxiety and Mood Assessment can lead them to a new path of thinking, feeling, and reacting.


Periods of irritability, feeling sad and worried about specific situations are normal reactions children, adolescents, and young adults experience as they mature. They may become focused on their situation with intense feelings that dissipate after a short period of time. These reactions are adaptive as they create stronger pathways to emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and coping abilities. However, some children, adolescents, and young adults may experience persistent symptoms of anxiety or depression that negatively impacts their functioning and coping on a daily basis. They may be affected by a specific phobia, anxiety regarding several topics, obsessive compulsive behaviour, panic, persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Refer to the chart below to determine if your child is experiencing signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression that requires further exploration.

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New Paths Of Thinking & Reacting

Anxiety and Mood Assessments


The presence of an anxiety or mood disorder can have consequential impacts on the emotional, social, and academic abilities of children, adolescents, and young adults. An Anxiety and Mood Assessment can lead them to a new path of thinking, feeling, and reacting.


Periods of irritability, feeling sad and worried about specific situations are normal reactions children, adolescents, and young adults experience as they mature. They may become focused on their situation with intense feelings that dissipate after a short period of time. These reactions are adaptive as they create stronger pathways to emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and coping abilities. However, some children, adolescents, and young adults may experience persistent symptoms of anxiety or depression that negatively impacts their functioning and coping on a daily basis. They may be affected by a specific phobia, anxiety regarding several topics, obsessive compulsive behaviour, panic, persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Refer to the chart below to determine if your child is experiencing signs and symptoms of anxiety or depression that requires further exploration.

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety


  • Compulsive behaviours

  • Apprehension and fear of a specific person, object, place, or situation
  • Excessive worry or irrational fears in social situations

  • Persistent feelings of being unsafe and in danger

  • Overly concerned about what others think

  • Avoidance or withdrawal from specific objects, places, individuals
  • Difficulty with sleep

  • Restlessness

Depression


  • Irritability

  • Persistent feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness

  • Fatigue, decreased energy

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

  • Difficulty with sleep

  • Difficulty with attention, focus, decision making

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety


  • Compulsive behaviours

  • Apprehension and fear of a specific person, object, place, or situation
  • Excessive worry or irrational fears in social situations

  • Persistent feelings of being unsafe and in danger

  • Overly concerned about what others think

  • Avoidance or withdrawal from specific objects, places, individuals
  • Difficulty with sleep

  • Restlessness

Depression


  • Irritability

  • Persistent feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness

  • Fatigue, decreased energy

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities

  • Difficulty with sleep

  • Difficulty with attention, focus, decision making

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Specific Disorders We Assess


The chart below is provided for informational and reference purposes only. You should not use this as a substitute for an assessment of your child. It outlines a few common anxiety and mood disorders we consider during our assessments and treatment plans.

Anxiety Disorders

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Excessive anxiety and worry regarding a number of events or activities.
Social Anxiety
Having intense fears of being criticized, embarrassed, or humiliated. Can occur when speaking or eating around others.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Ongoing unwanted and intrusive thoughts and fears leading to feelings of anxiety. Relief can come in the form of rituals, habits, and behaviours.
Separation Anxiety
Excessive fear or anxiety regarding being separated from their home or attachment figure.
Selective Mutism
Consistent failure to speak in specific social situations which interferes with educational, occupational, or social performance
Panic Disorder
Recurrent panic attacks (abrupt, intense fear that peaks within minutes with several physical and cognitive symptoms.
Specific Phobia
Significant fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation.


Mood Disorders

Major Depression
Having a loss of interest in day-to-day activities, feeling sad or hopeless, and showing other symptoms for at least 2 weeks.
Dysthymia
Showing a chronic, low level, depressed or irritable mood that is ongoing for a couple of years.
At the New Path Psychology, our team can assess the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are significantly impacting your child’s functioning and performance. With the use of clinical interviews, questionnaires, and observations we can identify specific diagnoses and develop an individualized treatment plan based on a model of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy which will create a new path to positive emotional health and well-being.

Specific Disorders We Assess


The chart below is provided for informational and reference purposes only. You should not use this as a substitute for an assessment of your child. It outlines a few common anxiety and mood disorders we consider during our assessments and treatment plans.

Anxiety Disorders

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Excessive anxiety and worry regarding a number of events or activities.
Social
Anxiety
Having intense fears of being criticized, embarrassed, or humiliated. Can occur when speaking or eating around others.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Ongoing unwanted and intrusive thoughts and fears leading to feelings of anxiety. Relief can come in the form of rituals, habits, and behaviours.
Separation
Anxiety
Excessive fear or anxiety regarding being separated from their home or attachment figure.
Selective
Mutism
Consistent failure to speak in specific social situations which interferes with educational, occupational, or social performance
Panic
Disorder
Recurrent panic attacks (abrupt, intense fear that peaks within minutes with several physical and cognitive symptoms.
Specific
Phobia
Significant fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation.


Mood Disorders

Major
Depression
Having a loss of interest in day-to-day activities, feeling sad or hopeless, and showing other symptoms for at least 2 weeks.
Dysthymia
Showing a chronic, low level, depressed or irritable mood that is ongoing for a couple of years.
At the New Path Psychology, our team can assess the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that are significantly impacting your child’s functioning and performance. With the use of clinical interviews, questionnaires, and observations we can identify specific diagnoses and develop an individualized treatment plan based on a model of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy which will create a new path to positive emotional health and well-being.
 
You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you

- Unknown Author

You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you

- Unknown Author

Our process

What Is The Process Of An Anxiety & Depression Assessment?

After reviewing our privacy policy, confidentiality laws and receiving your consent, we begin collecting information about your child’s:

  • Early and current developmental history
  • Behavioural, social, academic and emotional history and functioning
Information is collected through an in-depth, comprehensive parent and child interview. You will provide us with your child’s past and current report cards and reports written by other professionals that have met with your child (if applicable). Your child will receive questionnaires that he/she will complete. If deemed appropriate, a psychoeducational assessment may be needed to gain further understanding of any learning, behavioural, and social challenges that may be impacting your child’s emotional functioning. This would require further testing and sessions.

At the end of the assessment, feedback is provided to you and your child regarding their emotional strengths, needs and if an anxiety and/or mood disorder is present.

A comprehensive evidence-based treatment plan will be outlined to address and promote greater emotional functioning and success.

Estimated Duration:
3 hours
What Types Of Treatment Are Available For My Child?

At the New Path Psychology Centre we hold ourselves to the highest standards in our fields. We are committed to offering a variety of evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents and young adults who are experiencing a range of mental health challenges.

Our treatment plans for children, adolescents and young adults allow them to learn new paths to more adaptive thinking patterns. Altering their feelings, behaviours and reactions to their situations and circumstances can guide them toward more meaningful and successful academic, relational and life experiences.

Treatment Approaches:


Please contact our office and speak with a member of our team to receive more information:

Our process

What Is The Process Of An Anxiety & Depression Assessment?

After reviewing our privacy policy, confidentiality laws and receiving your consent, we begin collecting information about your child’s:

  • Early and current developmental history
  • Behavioural, social, academic and emotional history and functioning
Information is collected through an in-depth, comprehensive parent and child interview. You will provide us with your child’s past and current report cards and reports written by other professionals that have met with your child (if applicable). Your child will receive questionnaires that he/she will complete. If deemed appropriate, a psychoeducational assessment may be needed to gain further understanding of any learning, behavioural, and social challenges that may be impacting your child’s emotional functioning. This would require further testing and sessions.

If deemed appropriate, a psychoeducational assessment may be needed to gain further understanding of any learning, behavioural and social challenges that may be impacting your child’s emotional functioning. This would require further testing and sessions.

At the end of the assessment, feedback is provided to you and your child regarding their emotional strengths, needs and the presence of an anxiety and/or mood disorder.

A comprehensive evidence-based treatment plan will be outlined to address and promote greater emotional functioning and success.

Estimated Duration:
3 hours
What Types Of Treatment Are Available For My Child?

At the New Path Psychology Centre we hold ourselves to the highest standards in our fields. We are committed to offering a variety of evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents and young adults who are experiencing a range of mental health challenges.

Our treatment plans for children, adolescents and young adults allow them to learn new paths to more adaptive thinking patterns. Altering their feelings, behaviours and reactions to their situations and circumstances can guide them toward more meaningful and successful academic, relational and life experiences.

Treatment Approaches:


Please contact our office and speak with a member of our team to receive more information:

Schedule an Assessment

 
If you think your child may be struggling with anxiety or depression, contact us to schedule an assessment.

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Schedule an Assessment

 
If you think your child may be struggling with anxiety or depression, contact us to schedule an assessment.

SCHEDULE ONLINE