How Anxiety Disorders Affect People.

Things that happen in a child's life can set the stage for anxiety disorders in childhood or later in life. Loss (like the death of a loved one or parents' divorce) and major life transitions (like moving to a new town) are common triggers. Kids with a history of abuse are also more vulnerable to anxiety.

Begin by understanding how anxiety affects your life

Experts don't know exactly what causes anxiety disorders. Several things seem to play a role, including genetics, brain biochemistry, an overactive fight–flight response, stressful life circumstances, and learned behavior.

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In an anxiety-related disorder, your fear or worry does not go away and can get worse over time

The good news is that doctors and therapists today understand anxiety disorders better than ever before and, with treatment, can help kids feel better.