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When Should We Worry About Childhood Anxiety Disorders?

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From back-to-school butterflies to extreme pandemic distress, anxiety feels inescapable these days. Of course, anxiety is not new.

I have researched and treated children and families with anxiety disorders for more than three decades. We all worry and feel anxious from time to time.

So, how do you know if an anxious child needs help from a clinical professional perspective?The developmental trajectory for childhood anxiety disorders in toddlers or preschoolers typically involves a specific phobia, selective mutism, or separation anxiety.

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