Anxiety

Anxiety

Fears and worries can be common in children and in fact can be very developmentally appropriate. Fears and anxiety become developmentally inappropriate when they begin to effect the way a child functions and performs daily tasks.

 

Facts about Anxiety Disorders:

 ·      Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population

·      Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

·      Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events (http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics).

 

Types of Anxiety Disorders:

 ·      Children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder experience chronic, excessive anxiety about multiple areas of their lives (e.g., family, school, social situations, health, natural disasters)

·      Children with Separation Anxiety experience excessive fear of being separated from their home or caretakers

·      Children with Specific Phobia fear a specific object or situation (e.g., spiders, needles, riding in elevators)

·      Children with Social Phobia experience anxiety in social settings or performance situations

·      Children with Panic Disorder experience unexpected, brief episodes of intense anxiety without an apparent trigger, characterized by multiple physical symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath, increased heart rate, sweating)

·      Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder perform repetitive mental acts or behaviors (“compulsions”) to alleviate anxiety caused by disturbing thoughts, impulses, or images (“obsessions”)

·      Children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder experience anxiety symptoms (e.g. nightmares, feelings of detachment from others, increased startle ) following exposure to a traumatic event.

 

Web Resources:

http://www.worrywisekids.org

https://www.aacap.org/aacap/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Anxiety_Disorder_Resource_Center/FAQ.aspx#anxietyfaq1

 http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

http://www.peaceofmind.com https://ocdchallenge.com