Understanding Anxiety in Children and Teens

This 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report looks at how widespread these disorders are, how they develop, and the risks of untreated anxiety.


Regular anxiety becomes a disorder when young people have out-of-proportion responses to things most of us cope with easily.

    • In the past 10 years, there has been increasing recognition of anxiety in young people by health care providers, including a 17% increase in anxiety disorder diagnosis.
    • Yet anxiety symptoms are minimized or ignored. As little as 1% of youth with anxiety seek treatment in the year symptoms begin.
    • At some point, anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents, yet 80% never get help.
    • Untreated anxiety disorders are linked to depression, school failure and a two-fold increase in risk for substance use disorder.




Anxiety basics

Anxiety disorder treatment

Risks and co-occurring disorders

Classroom and teacher resources