By Perri Klass, M.D.
December 11, 2017
What does the child who can't say goodbye to a parent without breaking down
have in common with the child who is cripplingly terrified of dogs and the
one who gets a bad stomach ache reliably on Monday morning?
Anxieties and worries of all kinds are common in children, necessarily part
of healthy development, but also, when they interfere with the child's
functioning, the most common pediatric mental health problems. From
separation anxiety to social anxiety to school avoidance to phobias to
generalized anxiety disorder, many children's lives are at some point
touched by anxiety that gets out of hand.