Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: When to Worry About Worry

Pediatr Ann. 2021 Nov;50(11):e446-e448. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20211025-01. Epub 2021 Nov 1.


Anxiety is incredibly common and even normal as a waxing and waning dominant emotion for children. However, attention to disruptive symptoms that prevent daily functioning or prevent a child from thriving is within the purview of the general pediatric medical home. We review diagnosis, current tools readily accessible to every pediatrician, and treatment approaches, with special sensitivity to pandemic-related barriers and outcomes related to pediatric anxiety disorders. More than ever, the general pediatrician should be prepared to co-manage anxiety disorders with an interprofessional mental health team. [Pediatr Ann. 2021;50(11):e446-e448.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / psychology*
  • Child
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Pandemics