were measured with two self-report tests, parent and teacher
ratings, and a clinical interview: The tests used were the Children’s
Manifest Anxiety Scale and the Reynold’s Child
Sally’s responses to the CMAS place her at
the 99th percentile in terms of the number of symptoms of anxiety
she is experiencing in comparison to other girls her age. Examples
of items she responded “yes” to include:
·Often I have
trouble getting my breath.
I worry a lot of the time.
I worry about what my parents will say
My feelings get hurt easily.
I worry about what is going to happen.
I have bad dreams.
A lot of people are against me.
On the Reynold’s, Sally indicated that she
was having a normal number of symptoms of depression for her age.
These findings indicate that Anxiety is probably
contributing to Sally’s problems.
A highly trained and experienced clinician
is required to accurately diagnose and treat emotional problems.
This is especially true in children as they often are not
able to “put into words” what they are experiencing. The APPA
doctors of psychology are trained in working with children
and adolescents and have many years of applied experience
with this population.