Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health conditions among US youth, with more than 30% experiencing an anxiety disorder by the time they reach age 18 years.1 Childhood anxiety is associated with significant impairment across family, social, and academic domains, typically affecting every area of life. Longitudinal research suggests that this dysfunction persists into adulthood; youth with anxiety are significantly more likely than counterparts without anxiety to go on to develop mood and substance use disorders, drop out of school early, and die by suicide.2 The high prevalence of childhood anxiety, combined with its pernicious and often unrelenting course, make it a significant public health issue.
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Allen KB, Benningfield M, Blackford JU. Childhood Anxiety—If We Know So Much, Why Are We Doing So Little? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online May 13, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0585
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