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Anxiety Disorders

It is normal for adolescents to develop some fears during the course of their development. Over time, normal fears fade as children learn more about what to expect from their environment and relationships with others. When their fears do not fade and begin to interfere with the child or adolescent'sdaily life and activities, an anxiety disorder may be present.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems that occur in children and adolescents. In one large scale study of children between the ages of 9 and 17 years old, as many as 13 percent were reported to have had an anxiety disorder in a year. Anxiety disorders can be effectively treated with various forms of psychotherapy and medications.

There are many different anxiety disorders that affect adolescents that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Adolescent Medicine Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.

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