In the March 2010 Be the Best Nanny newsletter we discussed common childhood and more anxiety disorders that might require the care of a physician.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive worrying about a variety of events, occurring more days than not for at least six-months.
Children with this disorder worry excessively about a number of issues, including past conversations or actions, upcoming events, school, family health, their own health, competence in sports or academics, and world events. Typically, children experiencing such excessive worry find it difficult to control the amount of time that they worry, and the worrying interferes in their daily life.
The anxiety and worry are associated with at least three of the following six symptoms:
- restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
- being easily fatigued
- difficulty concentrating
- muscle tension
- sleep disturbance
Have any of the children you have cared for suffered from generalized anxiety disorder? If so, how was the child treated?