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
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Anxiety Treatment at Children's National Hospital
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Providers Who Treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Departments that Treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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.
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.