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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 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
  • GAD is caused by both biological and environmental factors.
  • A mental health evaluation is needed to diagnose GAD.
  • Treatment includes therapy and medicines.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What is generalized anxiety disorder in children and teens?
  • What causes GAD in a child or teen?
  • Which children and teens are at risk for GAD?

Diagnosis

  • What are the symptoms of GAD in a child or teen?
  • How is GAD diagnosed in a child or teen?

Treatment

  • How is GAD treated in a child or teen?
  • How can I help prevent GAD in my child or teen?
  • How can I help my child or teen live with GAD?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Donna Marschall

Donna Marschall

Director, Whole Bear Care, Primary Care Behavioral Health Services
Psychologist
Erin Sadler

Erin Sadler

Co-Director, Mood Disorders Program
Psychologist
Departments

Departments

Infant and Toddler Mental Health Program
Our Infant and Toddler Mental Health Program provides internationally recognized care for young children with personality, mood and feeding difficulties.
Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program (CAAP)
The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Program (CAAP) at Children’s National is a specialized treatment clinic devoted to carefully assessing and effectively treating a wide range of anxiety disorders common among children and adolescents.
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The Program for Health Problems Related to Bullying treats children and teens who are bullied, as well as those who bully others.

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.

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.

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