Stress and its close relative anxiety are a regular occurrence in modern life, and children are no more immune to daily stressors than adults are. So some anxiety is both healthy and normal for children to experience, especially as they encounter new situations and expand in their growth and development. But when a child has too much anxiety or seems to endure chronic worries over everyday things, this can damage their health and could be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders emerge when kids have trouble coping with the stress and uncertainty that exists in their lives. Anxiety problems can be the result of natural temperamental dispositions in the child. Some children are inherently more prone to anxiety than others. Anxiety struggles can also be brought on by difficult life events, and a number of stressors in the environment can trigger anxiety problems even in kids who aren't naturally susceptible.
The information contained in this section will help you better understand childhood anxiety and decide whether or not your child has an anxiety problem.
Information about childhood anxiety