Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children. Kids can develop crippling worries about many things, from germs to vomiting to their parents dying. Some anxious kids are painfully shy, and avoid things that other kids enjoy, Some have tantrums and meltdowns, and others develop elaborate rituals, like compulsive hand washing, aimed at diminishing the fear. Below you’ll find resources, articles and information about the most common anxiety disorders in children, practical advice for parenting anxious children, and the best treatments—both behavioral therapy and medication—for anxiety.

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