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Anxiety disorders are mental health diseases that are often brought on by stress. The term ‘anxiety disorder’ encompasses a number of psychiatric disorders – all of which can cause mental trepidation, dissociative anxiety, and physical symptoms. Children may suffer from anxiety that is unrelated to any specific circumstance or object, but rather produces ongoing symptoms seemingly at random. This is called generalized anxiety disorder and it is the most common type of anxiety disorder in the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I possibly need treatment for anxiety disorder?

Your child should see a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety. These may include feelings of panic, trembling, heart palpitations, nausea, loss of appetite, feeling dizzy, or even a fear of dying. Your child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder if they experience symptoms for a period of six months or more. Anxiety disorder should always be treated in order to avoid worsening symptoms or related disorders, such as depression.

What should my child expect from anxiety disorder treatment?

Your child and doctor will work together to identify any triggers that may be causing your anxiety. This may include severe stress, a previous trauma, lifestyle habits, or even underlying neurological conditions. Based on the cause of your anxiety, your child may begin a treatment planned designed to help manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Treatment may include a combination of psychotherapy and medications, as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy or deep brain stimulation.

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