The symptoms of anxiety in children are very similar to those found in adults. The following common diagnoses can be made in children. According to the DSM-IV the various subtypes of anxiety share many similar features and differ primarily in the specific focus of the fear. Children experience anxiety in response to a perceived threat in their environment, and while the types of stimuli perceived as threatening vary from one anxiety disorder to the next the anxiety response tends to be similar. When they are anxious, these children focus excessively on the negative outcome that may occur, experience many somatic changes, and go to a great length to avoid threatening situations.
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