Generalized anxiety disorder

Children with generalized anxiety disorder worry about a wide variety of everyday things. Their anxiety can be distinguished from typical worry in its excessiveness, duration and lack of precipitating events. Kids with generalized anxiety often worry particularly about school performance and can struggle with perfectionism.

A diagnosis of GAD can be made when a child’s anxiety is beyond her control, is focused on a number of different activities, causes significant distress or impairment, and is present “for more days than not” for at least 6 months.

Symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling on-edge
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of focus
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble sleeping