chapter  Twenty Eight
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Anxiety, worry, fears and phobias

WithQuentin Spender, Niki Salt, Judith Dawkins, Tony Kendrick, Peter Hill, David Hall, Jackie Carnell

Anxiety exists along a continuum from normal to abnormal – that is, there is no clear cut-off point separating abnormal and normal anxiety. Anxiety is abnormal when it affects the child’s ability to participate in expected age-appropriate social and academic activities – in other words, when it causes distress and dysfunction. Pathological anxiety may be specific (related to a single object or situation) or generalised.