Anxiety and fearfulness are normal childhood experiences. From fear of separating from caregivers as infants, to worrying about looks and fitting in as teenagers, certain fears are a normal part of development. These types of fears are typically short-lived, and although they can cause distress, they do not interfere with your child’s functioning. Yet, fears and worries become problematic when your child experiences them to a greater degree than their peers and when they interfere with your child’s daily functioning. For example, they are problematic when they become unrealistic, cause significant distress, or they hinder your child’s performance in school or social situations.