September 2017

TA Tidbit 2017: 
Anxiety Disorders 
The TA Tidbit is an online publication of the TA Network highlighting resources developed or provided in response to requests from SAMHSA SOC grantees on various topics. 
This edition focuses on anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders are conditions that can range from general feelings of worry to specific phobias. These conditions affect the daily functioning of children, youth and young adults as persistent anxiety and/or fear impairs their  ability to concentrate, process information, and engage successfully in various activities. While common, anxiety disorders can be difficult to identify in young people and the diagnosis should include a review of developmental, cultural, social, and environmental factors. In addition, a co-occurring disorder can mask the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are often recognized as chronic conditions, as children, youth and young adults may experience relapse throughout their life span.  
Symptoms or behaviors that may signify an anxiety disorder, in children, youth and young adults include, but are not limited to:
  • Avoidance
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive/repetitive need for reassurance
  • Muscle tension
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Poor school performance
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Somatic symptoms
  • Restlessness
Types of anxiety disorders that children, young and young adults may experience:
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorder NOS
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder with and without Agoraphobia
  • Social Phobia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
See below for resources on anxiety disorders:
This announcement is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC), operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network).