chapter  73
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Anxiety Disorders in Children

WithJulie Newman Kingery, John T. Walkup

It is common for children to experience fears and worries. There is cause for concern, however, when anxiety leads to excessive distress, avoidance behavior, or the need for constant reassurance. Early detection and intervention are crucial, as anxiety can be very responsive to both psychological and pharmacological treatment. Anxiety disorders in children have a prevalence rate of 5-18% and can present with physical complaints suggesting underlying medical or neurological disorders. Anxiety disorders can also complicate the presentation of neurological problems and if unrecognized, can negatively impact treatment outcome.