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.



 

AT A GLANCE
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.

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