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Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Kids

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

January 10, 2023

Most kinds of anxiety in children are about something specific — being left alone, speaking in public, vomiting, or germs. But kids with generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, worry about things in general: “What if we run out of gas? What if my mom loses her job? What if I get a bad grade?” They tend to fixate on worst-case scenarios and agonize over relatively ordinary situations. And they feel such a strong need to be perfect that they worry excessively that they aren’t doing well enough.

This week on childmind.org, we explore what GAD looks like in children and teenagers, as well as treatment alternatives and steps parents can take to help kids overcome it. We also round up other resources on different ways anxiety can manifest in kids, such as worrying about being sick when they’re not and panic attacks.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Kids

Near-constant worry about things that don’t seem that stressful.


How Does Anxiety Affect Kids in School?

What it looks like, and why it's often mistaken for something else.


Anxious Stomach Aches and Headaches

Physical symptoms are often the way children experience anxiety.


Kids Who Worry They're Sick When They're Not

Illness anxiety disorder and somatic symptom disorder in children.


Panic Attacks and How to Treat Them

The fear and avoidance they inspire can be seriously impairing.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT is for teens with persistent anxiety and depression.


Guide to Medications for Anxiety in Children

What they are, how they should be used, and side effects to be aware of.