Psychologists struggling to cope with youth anxiety in New Zealand – expert

NewsHub 26 June 2018
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“Many children start early childhood education from six weeks of age, they might attend for 10 hours a day, five days a week. Children are struggling to form good bonds with parents, parents are struggling to develop parenting skills to know how to parent their young children because there’s not the time there in the day any longer for parents and families and children to be together.”
Child psychologists are struggling to keep up with demand as the number of children with anxiety continues to increase.
With a direct link between anxiety and depression, psychologists say New Zealand needs to take an urgent and preventative approach.
Children as young as three are being treated across the country.
“They just won’t stop crying until mum comes home,” child psychologist Elaine West told Newshub.
“They can refuse to eat in public, refuse to go to playgrounds, hide from grandparents.”
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