Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children

During her years in private clinical practice, author Dr. Beth Grosshans worked closely with children and their families to help them overcome a variety of issues. Among Dr. Beth Grosshans’ areas of expertise was helping children deal with various forms of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder.

Generalized anxiety is a type of anxiety leads to constant feelings of worry and unease. A person experiencing generalized anxiety typically anticipates and worries about bad things happening, even if those things are highly unlikely to actually occur. In addition to reducing productivity, these feelings place a person under constant mental strain and make living a normal life more difficult. While some people develop generalized anxiety disorder during adulthood, it often begins during childhood.

A child with generalized anxiety disorder will often show perfectionist tendencies. He or she wants to do well at all his or her activities and feels a great deal of anxiety if his or her performance fails to meet expectations. The child also typically needs a great deal of approval from others, such as parents, teachers, and peers. He or she might feel high levels of anxiety about such things as grades in school or performance in extracurricular activities, such as sports.

A child who has generalized anxiety disorder may benefit greatly from working with a therapist. In addition to working with the child, a therapist can work with family members to guide them on how best to help the child overcome his or her anxieties.

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