Youth Anxiety is an under-recognized and often misdiagnosed condition. Most people don't realize that anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric disorder in the U.S. And the highest risk for developing one occurs between childhood and young adulthood. About one in five teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 28 have had an anxiety disorder in the past year. Some anxiety disorders become so severe that normal life and relationships are crippled. Our youth are quite literally in danger. Suicide, unfortunately, is not uncommon.
In 2013, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in association with its medical school affiliates, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, created the Youth Anxiety Center, funded entirely by generous supporters.
Our team of experts has extensive knowledge about how anxiety affects teens and young adults particularly as they transition away from home into independent living. When needed our clinicians can provide treatment services to young people and their families to facilitate this transition.
This unique collaboration of researchers and clinicians all focused on the same goal --understanding the root causes of anxiety, will in turn lead to developing better treatments. The Youth Anxiety Center and the young people it is helping now, and in the future, offers real reasons for optimism to young people and their families.