Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Generalized Anxiety / Overanxious

Generalized Anxiety / Overanxious

Characterized by extreme, unrealistic worry about many areas of life. Children with generalized anxiety, worry excessively about the future, academic performance, timeliness, health, family concerns, or other matters. They tend to be very self-conscious, irritable, and have a strong need for reassurance and difficulties concentrating. Muscle tension, sleep disturbance, and have physical complaints such as stomachaches or headaches are also common symptoms.

Helpful Websites

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
The Child Anxiety Network
Medline Plus

Books for Parents & Caregivers

Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children
By John S. Dacey, Lisa B. Fiore, G T Ladd

The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal
By Paul Foxman

Helping Your Anxious Child
By Ronald M. Rapee, Susan H. Spence, Vanessa Cobhamand Ann Wignall

Books for Children & Teens

When My Worries Get Too Big: A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety
By Kari D. Buron

What to do When You Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
By Dawn Huebner & Bonnie Matthews

My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic
By Michael A. Tompkins & Katherine A. Martinez


National Institute of Mental Health: Generalized Anxiety Disorder