In this video, Children’s National Health System child and adolescent psychiatrist, Adelaide Robb, MD, shares her insight about pediatric depression and anxiety disorders. Dr. Robb directs psychiatric research at Children’s National and conducts clinical trials for children with a variety of psychological disorders including mood and anxiety disorders.
In this video, Dr. Robb focuses on separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, and generalized anxiety.
Generalized anxiety is apparent in a “child who worries about everything,” Dr. Robb says.
“The worry is so pervasive, it lasts six months or longer,” Dr. Robb says. “It’s hard to fall asleep. It’s hard to do schoolwork. It’s hard to go and play and enjoy themselves because the worrying is stronger than any of the good things in the child’s life.”
Dr. Robb discusses signs to look for including: eating problems, avoidance of interpersonal activities, and inattention or poor performance in school. She also discusses approaches primary care providers may take to address these conditions that are demonstrated by a child’s behaviors, feelings and thoughts.