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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Anxiety Disorders Resource Center [web resource]

anxiety287All children experience anxiety. Anxiety in children is expected and normal at specific times in development. For example, from approximately age 8 months through the preschool years, healthy youngsters may show intense distress (anxiety) at times of separation from their parents or other caregivers with whom they are close. Young children may have short-lived fears, (such as fear of the dark, storms, animals, or strangers). Anxious children are often overly tense or uptight. Some may seek a lot of reassurance, and their worries may interfere with activities. Parents should not discount a child’s fears. Because anxious children may also be quiet, compliant and eager to please, their difficulties may be missed. Parents should be alert to the signs of severe anxiety so they can intervene early to prevent complications.

Anxiety Disorders Resource Center

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has an online Anxiety Disorders Resource Center with information that may be useful to to the parents, caregivers, and families of children on the autism spectrum.

The Anxiety Disorders Resource Center includes consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, research and training, links to support group websites, recommended books, apps, and Facts for Families information sheets, a few of which are listed below:

Sleep Problems
Stress Management and Teens
The Anxious Child
Panic Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Children Who Won’t Go to School (Separation Anxiety)
When To Seek Help For Your Child

Medical Practitioners and Clinicians

The Anxiety Disorders Resource Center includes a section with clinical resources such as practice parameters to guide clinical decision making, research and training, and more.


The mission of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

The complete list of AACAP Resource Centers follows:

Source: AACAP | Anxiety Disorders Resource Center, https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Resource_Centers/Anxiety_Disorder_Resource_Center/Home.aspx | Copyright © 2018 by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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