Burden of anxiety disorders in pediatric medical settings: prevalence, phenomenology, and a research agenda

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Oct;164(10):965-72. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.170.


The current review describes the phenomenology of several common anxiety disorders in children and adolescents as they present in medical settings. Anxiety disorders and associated features in children are described, along with epidemiology, functional impairment, common somatic complaints, medical comorbidity, health care utilization, and presentation in general and in specialty pediatric medical settings. Recommendations for clinical management in pediatric settings are presented, and evidence-based interventions and emerging treatments for pediatric anxiety disorders are described. The review concludes with a discussion of future research directions that may lead to increased recognition and improved management of anxiety disorders in pediatric medical settings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Psychiatry*
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Biomedical Research
  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry*
  • Comorbidity
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics / methods*
  • Prevalence
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology