Childhood Anxiety 101: Part 1

We all experience moments of fear and worry. It’s one of our body’s natural defense mechanisms for ensuring survival. So, when do we call certain worries and fears a “disorder”? In this video, Dr. Koontz will discuss normal vs. abnormal fears and worries from a developmental perspective. Additionally, she will help parents differentiate the symptoms of: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias. (26:18)

This video will answer the following questions:

  1. What are developmentally normal fears for children at various ages?
  2. What are the defining symptoms of various anxiety disorders?
  3. How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?
  4. What are typical treatment options for each anxiety disorder?

Recommended Populations

The information in this video is recommended for parents who may suspect that their child has an anxiety disorder or for parents who wonder what fears are developmentally “normal”. This video was designed to help educate parents as consumers of mental health care for their children. It is not intended to be a substitute for formal diagnosis or treatment of any childhood anxiety disorders by a licensed psychologist.