Anxiety disorders can also co-occur with other disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common illness in the U.S. and can develop from multiple risk factors including genetics, brain chemistry, life events and personality. While occasionally anxiety is often part of normal life, an anxiety disorder does not go away and can get worse over time. It can interfere with multiple aspects of development. In children, untreated anxiety increases the risk of poor school performance, difficulty in social interactions with family and friends, poor self esteem and leads to higher risk of substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders can also co-occur with other disorders such as Depression, Eating disorders, Substance use disorders and ADHD.
In children and adolescents, anxiety can manifest in various ways including feelings or emotional responses, physical symptoms and/or behavioral issues.