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What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children?

Learn about generalized anxiety disorder and how it is treated in children from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders and affects a large amount of the population. General anxiety disorder is common, constant and frequent worry about a wide variety of things that happen in day-to-day life. The worries or the anxieties are often irrational.

For children with anxiety disorders, also the most common disorder in childhood. Children with anxiety disorder often are seen as worriers that are perfectionistic, afraid to try and do new things. They often ask a lot of questions that start, "What if," or "What happens when." Children don't often respond to the reassurance of their parent. When this occurs, there needs to be clinical intervention.

General anxiety disorder is easily treated through medications and behavioral interventions. Although there are many other features to distinguish GAD, this is a brief overview of generalized anxiety disorder and how it might affect your child.

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