Overanxious Disorder

  • Cyd C. Strauss

Abstract

Overanxious disorder is a childhood anxiety disorder subtype characterized by anxiety that is not focused on a specific situation or object. The hallmark of this disorder is excessive or unrealistic worry about future events, a symptom that is present in almost all children and adolescents diagnosed with overanxious disorder (Strauss, Lease, Last, & Francis, in press). Overanxious children also demonstrate excessive or unrealistic worry about past events, an overconcern about their performance or evaluation by others, an extreme need for reassurance by others, and marked self-consciousness. Finally, children with overanxious disorder are almost continuously tense and often have multiple somatic complaints, such as headaches, stomachaches, fatigue, dizziness, palpitations, and breath-lessness. This childhood subcategory appears to have many features in common with the adult-onset diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, but currently there is no information as to whether one is the developmental precursor of the other.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Schizophrenia Beach Phobic Disorder 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyd C. Strauss
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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