What do I do if my child is overly anxious?

Similar to adults, children can have specific stresses that cause them some worry at times (such as a big test or tryouts for a sport team). This is often present for a short while, until the stressor resolves, and then it goes away.  

If a child is having persistent problems with feeling worried, apprehensive, having lots of unexplained physical symptoms, wanting to avoid things like friends, hobbies, school, those may be signs that something more significant is going on.  

Many anxiety disorders initially start in childhood, and anxiety disorders are the most common mental diagnosis in children. If there are concerns about a child, it is often helpful to first discuss it with a school counselor, pediatrician or primary care provider. 

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