Anxiety Disorder in Children

Life brings anxious moments, even to children. Speaking in front a class or taking a big test makes almost every child nervous or unsure, but that feeling often motivates them to prepare and do well. However, if nervousness or feelings of fear prevent your child from doing everyday things or enjoying life, he or she may suffer from anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States, affecting about 8 percent of children and teenagers. The signs of anxiety disorder are both physical and emotional, including:

  • Feelings of dread
  • Expecting the worst and being watchful for signs of danger
  • Pounding or racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Frequent urination or diarrhea

If you notice these signs frequently in your child, Mercy is here to help. Our pediatricians provide expert, compassionate assessments and can refer your child to a wide range of Mercy support services. Your pediatrician can work with Mercy’s child and adolescent behavioral health staff to provide counseling and treatment. We can help free your child from fear and anxiety, and get you child back to enjoying everyday life.

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