How can I help a child with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Parents, and other adults in children’s lives, including teachers or childcare providers, play a vital, supportive role in helping children or adolescents with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to get better. The most important thing to remember when helping a child or adolescent with GAD is that they cannot control their worry and fears. Unlike adults, children don’t know that this worry is excessive and is controlling their lives. The support provided by parents, friends and family, and teachers and childcare providers is instrumental in their recovery from GAD. With early and effective treatment, children and adolescents can recover and go on to live healthy lives.

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