Overview of Anxiety Disorders in Children
Anxiety is being worried, scared, or nervous. Some anxiety is common and normal at all ages. For example, many young children are afraid of the dark. Older children are often anxious when they have a test.
However, anxiety may become a disorder if:
Generally, with anxiety disorders:
Children may refuse to go to school and give excuses such as a stomach ache as the reason
The disorders can run in families
Many children who have an anxiety disorder struggle with anxiety in adulthood
Treatment usually helps, including talking to a therapist and sometimes taking medicine