Anxiety disorders in children


Approximately one in ten children suffer from anxiety disorders, and in this podcast Professor Ronald Rapee gives a broad overview of the different kinds of anxiety disorders common in children. He also discusses how anxiety disorders in children compare with those in adults, and highlights the nature of findings from epidemiological studies. He talks about some of the steps in diagnosis, and the aetiology behind anxiety disorders, including genetic and behavioural factors. Treatment is also touched on as well as some of the pitfalls to beware of when diagnosing and treating anxiety in children.


Date published: 29 May 2008

Audio running time: 13 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this podcast, we hope that you will be able to:


  • understand how anxiety disorders in children compare with those experienced in adults


  • be familiar with the different kinds of anxiety disorders in children, namely the 'Big Three'


  • have an understanding of the prevalence of anxiety disorders in children and the gender differences noted


  • describe in broad terms typical aspects of the diagnosis process


  • understand more about the aetiology, risk factors and treatment for anxiety disorders in children


  • appreciate the important difference between an anxiety disorder and anxiety as a result of real anxiety-provoking situations.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.


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