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Anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence

Daniel S. Pine

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0217
Anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence

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The current chapter reviews data for paediatric anxiety disorders in three sections. The longest section reviews clinical characteristics of these disorders. This section describes the clinical features, demography, and outcome of paediatric anxiety disorders, the most common class of mental syndrome afflicting children and adolescence. The first section is followed by a shorter section focused on pathophysiology. Here, data on neural circuits implicated in anxiety are reviewed most comprehensively. Finally, treatment is briefly reviewed in the third section. More detailed considerations of therapeutics for a range of paediatric psychiatric disorders can be found in section 9.5. This includes a discussion of both psychotherapies and medication.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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