Childhood anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder

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Anxiety disorders is one of the most prevalent diagnostic categories identified in children and adolescents. This chapter provides an overview of the epidemiology of childhood anxiety disorders and presents several pathways of etiology, specifically genetics, parent-child attachment, and neurobiology. Separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder are reviewed. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychopharmacology are summarized as effective treatment approaches for childhood anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Medical Basis of Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781493925285
ISBN (Print)9781493925278
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Childhood anxiety disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Selective mutism
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobia

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Victor, A. M., Zagoloff, A. D., & Bernstein, G. A. (2016). Childhood anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In The Medical Basis of Psychiatry: Fourth Edition (pp. 423-446). Springer New York.