The Center for Youth Mental Health

formerly the Youth Anxiety Center

The Center for Youth Mental Health at NewYork-Presbyterian (formerly the Youth Anxiety Center), a clinical and research program founded by a dedicated group of supporters, is deeply committed to addressing the epidemic of anxiety and depression in adolescents and young adults.

Through the collaboration of nationally recognized faculty from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine, the Center for Youth Mental Health offers hope and help to young people and their families.

Counselling a teenager

Our Team

Reputable Psychiatrists

The faculty of the Departments of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons are experts in their fields and leaders in psychiatric research and education. Through our affiliation with two of the nation’s top universities, our behavioral healthcare providers engage in the pursuit of knowledge and the advancement of patient care.

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Identifying Anxiety Disorders and the Need for Clinical Care

While normal levels of anxiety may be helpful, excessive anxiety can cripple a young person’s ability to function, undermine their lives going forward, and endanger their overall welfare. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to anxiety as they transition into adulthood. More so than at any other time in life, the adolescent brain is capable of remarkable adaptability. Unfortunately, this challenging developmental phase is also a peak time for the clinical onset of many mental illnesses.

Anxiety and avoidance behavior can have a damaging impact on daily life including outcomes at school, friendships, and intimate relationships. When anxiety becomes so disruptive that it interferes with the individual’s daily life or their family, it is time to seek the attention of a trained clinician. Tragically, a young person with an anxiety disorder may drop out of school, abuse drugs or alcohol, or may attempt or commit suicide.

The Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of mental health problems affecting children and young adults in the United States, collectively affecting roughly one in every three adolescents. Anxiety disorders typically begin in childhood, and when left untreated can persist and become chronic conditions associated with a considerably reduced quality of life.

Types of Disorder We Treat

Coping with Tragedy Resource Guide

Coping with Tragedy Resource Guide

The Center for Youth Mental Health at NewYork-Presbyterian is committed to supporting families who are struggling to understand and cope with terrorism, violence, hate crimes, and other tragedies. This resource guide is intended to offer support and strategies for coping with fear, horror, and hopelessness in these very challenging times.   

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Treatments and Services

Treatments & Services

World-Renowned Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Care

At the Center for Youth Mental Health, we provide outpatient therapy, intensive day treatment, partial hospitalization, and other treatment programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of adolescents and young adults.

Our Treatment & Services


Access to the Nation’s Top Behavioral Health Care throughout New York City and Westchester

Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

212-746-3255 Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

212-746-3741 Adult Partial Hospitalization Program

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Center for Youth Mental Health

(formerly the Youth Anxiety Center)