Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety symptoms (excessive worrying, restlessness, and trouble sleeping, for example) occur when people feel “excessively frightened, distressed, or uneasy” and include phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (Duckworth & Freedman, 2012). Anxiety in adolescence has been associated with increased risk of major depression, poor academic performance, alcohol and drug dependence, early pregnancy, and suicidality in young adulthood (Ramsawh, Chavira, & Stein, 2010; Woodward & Fergusson, 2001).



Sources Cited

National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2012). Anxiety disorders fact sheet. Arlington, VA: Duckworth K. & Freedman J. L.

Woodward, L. J., & Fergusson, D. M. (2001). Life course outcomes of young people with anxiety disorders in adolescence. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 40(9), 1086-1093.

Ramsawh, H. J., Chavira, D. A., & Stein, M. B. (2010). Burden of anxiety disorders in pediatric medical settings: prevalence, phenomenology, and a research agenda. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(10), 965.