Anxiety Disorders in Young Children

  • Suneeta MongaEmail author
  • Diane Benoit


This chapter provides an overview of anxiety disorders in young children. It discusses the concept of anxiety versus anxiety disorder and describes classification and associated features of the different anxiety disorders commonly seen in young children. The chapter presents information on epidemiology of anxiety disorders in young children, as well as evidence for the comorbidity of anxiety disorders with other anxiety and non-anxiety disorders, with a special emphasis on the comorbidity between selective mutism and social anxiety disorder. Given that few data are available to document prevalence rates of anxiety disorders in four- to seven-year-old children, the chapter summarizes the evidence in children of all ages with anxiety disorders and provides specific information pertaining to four- to seven-year-old anxious children whenever such data are available. The chapter also reviews the etiological risk factors for the development of anxiety disorders, with a special emphasis on selective mutism.


Preschool anxiety Preschool anxiety prevalence rates Preschool anxiety risk factors Preschool anxiety comorbidity Selective mutism preschoolers Anxiety disorders young children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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