UBH Denton Warns That Weather Worries Can Affect Kids’ Mental Health

July 22, 2013

As the nation recovers from the recent devastation caused by severe weather, mental health professionals are assessing how children respond to disasters. UBH Denton, psychiatric hospital, weighs in on the effect violent weather can have on children.

Denton, Texas (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

According to University Behavioral Health Denton, or UBH Denton, natural disasters can have a heavy impact on a child’s mental state. In terms of violent weather, UBH notes that these events can bring up severe anxiety in children and sometimes create post-traumatic stress long after the incident has passed. For this reason, UBH Denton encourages all parents to assess how their child might respond to severe weather and to plan ways to effectively manage their mental response in case of a natural disaster.

For this reason, UBH Denton points to an article from U.S. News and World Report that assesses how violent weather can impact a child’s mind. The article reveals the thoughts of Stephen Whiteside—a psychologist and anxiety prevention expert at the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center in Rochester, Minnesota—who states, “Some anxiety in the face of violent weather is normal. But some children develop storm phobias that interfere with their everyday lives…Worries about weather can make it hard for kids to concentrate in school…Some will routinely check weather forecasts or become afraid to leave the house.”

The fact that such emotional responses are possible has encouraged UBH Denton to motivate parents and teachers to not quickly dismiss severe weather concerns among children. Instead it is essential that adults help children decompress and analyze their fears to truly target and minimize the central cause of the anxiety. While some parents may be able to carefully address these concerns on a one-on-one basis with the child, it is important to recognize when it is time to look for professional assistant to help treat the anxiety.

In a recent press statement, UBH Denton explains, “If your child’s fears start keeping them up at night or interfere with daily activities, it is important to seek help. Talk with your pediatrician, school counselor or other mental health professionals. When fear becomes debilitating it is important to seek professional help.” While it may seem like the child is afraid of severe weather on its own, UBH suggests that in some cases, the anxiety is indicative of a much larger mental health problem.

To illustrate how common anxiety issues are among youth, U.S. News and World Report states, “About eight percent of teens [aged] 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder, with symptoms commonly emerging around age six, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.” Those that have noticed emerging anxiety or severe responses to violent weather among their children are encouraged to remain supportive, keep the child away from the media coverage of the event and seek further professional care. Parents in the Denton, Texas area are invited to seek the services of UBH Denton, as this facility provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for many patients, including younger individuals.


UBH Denton, or University Behavioral Health Denton, is a freestanding psychiatric hospital in northern Texas. Founded in 2005, this facility offers services in mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Specifically, the staff at UBH Denton maintains a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments that have proven positive outcomes. UBH Denton remains committed to serving the diverse needs of patients, including younger children and teenagers and offers inpatient and outpatient options.

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