What are Anxiety Disorders?
Most people of all ages have dealt with anxiety at points during their lives. Anxiety is a common experience, but for some, it can be a serious, debilitating condition. Those suffering from an anxiety disorder experience worries or fears that significantly interfere with everyday functioning. Children and adolescents with an anxiety disorder may refuse to attend school, cling to or have major difficulty separating from a parent, be extremely reluctant to socialize with others (either inside or outside of the home), have trouble falling or staying asleep, demonstrate hypervigilance (constantly scanning the environment or appearing “on edge”), voice specific fears or intrusive thoughts, display repetitive or ritualized behaviors, or make frequent somatic complaints (such as headaches, stomachaches, or other body pains). For children and adolescents, some of the most common anxiety disorders include:
♦  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
♦  Social Phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder
♦  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
♦  School Phobia/Refusal
♦  Panic Disorder
♦  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)