Affecting between 15% to 20% of children and adolescents, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric condition in pediatrics. The impact can be significant with difficulties in social and academic functioning as well as increased risk for other mental health concerns. However, it can be difficult for a clinician to differentiate between anxiety and an anxiety disorder. Here are 7 signs to help make the diagnosis.
Primary care clinicians play a key role in identifying and treating anxiety disorders in children and helping them learn effective coping skills. This article summarizes some of the current guidance.