By Perri Klass, M.D.

December 11, 2017

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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.