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 (


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.


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