According to the World Health Organization, nearly 264 million people suffer from anxiety disorders, ranked 6th in its contribution to global disability. Having effective methods on hand to accurately identify and diagnose this disorder is therefore critically important. Asking an anxious child/teenager to speak about their anxiety is likely to be a fruitless, if not destructive exercise for practitioners during initial counselling sessions. In such cases, the Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children 2nd Edition™ (MASC 2™) can be an invaluable aid to move towards such discussions, by getting inputs from both the youth and a caregiver that will indicate the range and severity of their anxiety. Such insights, together with other information sources, can guide the practitioner in diagnosing anxiety as well as suggesting appropriate evidence-based interventions for the child.
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