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Pediatric Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Key points about generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in children and teens

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a serious mental health problem. A child with GAD has a lot of worry and fear that seems to have no real cause.
  • A child with GAD may worry about things such as future events, past behaviors and family matters.
  • The child may not realize his or her worry is more intense than the situation calls for
  • Generalized anxiety disorder is caused by both biological and environmental factors.
  • A mental health evaluation is needed to diagnose GAD.
  • Treatment includes therapy and medicines.
  • Untreated, chronic anxiety can lead to other serious problems such as depression, substance abuse and self-harm.
  • Treatment and family involvement can help reduce generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and improve your child's quality of life

Prevention and Risk Assessment

Diagnosis

Treatment

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Lilia Mucka Andrew

Lilia Andrew

Director, Research in Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Steven Hardy

Steven Hardy

Director, Psychology and Patient Care Services for CCBD
Psychologist
Donna Marschall

Donna Marschall

Director, Whole Bear Care, Primary Care Behavioral Health Services
Psychologist
Adelaide Robb

Adelaide Robb

Division Chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Children's National Hospital

Mi-Young Ryee

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
Psychologist
Erin Sadler

Erin Sadler

Co-Director, Mood Disorders Program
Director, CPP Services
Psychologist
Ayman Saleh, M.D.

Ayman Saleh

Medical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry and Takoma Theatre Outpatient Clinic
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Laura Willing

Laura Willing

Co-Director, Anxiety Disorders Program
DCMAP Children's National Hospital Site Lead
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Departments

Departments

Anxiety Disorders Program

The Anxiety Disorders Program at Children's National Hospital is a specialized treatment clinic devoted to carefully assessing and effectively treating a wide range of anxiety disorders common among children and adolescents.

Health Problems Related to Bullying

The Program for Health Problems Related to Bullying treats children and teens who are bullied, as well as those who bully others.

Psychology and Behavioral Health

In the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Health, our child psychologists and other mental health professionals work exclusively with children and teens, emphasizing patient and family-focused care.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National offers assessment, diagnosis and care for children and teens with behavioral, emotional and developmental disorders.