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We all worry. It's a normal part of life. But when your child has generalized anxiety disorder, he or she worries about lots of things. Your child has a hard time not worrying. This worry or anxiety interferes with your child's relationships, school, and life.
Your child may worry most days about things like school or friends. That may make your child feel tired, tense, or cranky. It can make it hard to think. It may get in the way of healthy sleep. Your child also may have stomach aches or headaches.
Counselling and medicine can both work to treat anxiety. They are often used together with lifestyle changes. Treatment can include a type of counselling called cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT. It can help your child learn to notice and replace thoughts that make your child worry. You also may have family counselling. It can help family members learn how to support your child.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Current as of: January 31, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
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