Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Anxiety

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Anxiety

Learn more about symptoms and treatments for mental health problems in children including ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression

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717-531-8338 (Hershey)


717-782-2737 (Harrisburg)


What is anxiety?

Anxiety is extreme worry that interferes with a person’s daily activities. In children, anxiety appears as:

  • Not paying attention
  • Being irritable
  • Complaints about their body (such as stomachaches)
  • Constant need to be reassured

To be called an anxiety disorder, these problems must be persistent and make it harder to function at home or school.

How is anxiety treated?


These treatments work well for anxiety:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • A type of talk therapy
    • Focuses on changing thoughts and behavior that leads to anxiety and other psychological problems
  • Medication - a number of medications for anxiety are approved for children and teens. They correct chemical problems in the brain that may add to symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are more common in children who have chronic (long-lasting) medical illnesses, like diabetes or asthma. Anxiety can make the medical illness worse and harder to treat. Penn State Children’s Hospital has group therapy programs to help children who suffer from anxiety and a chronic disease. 

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Psychiatry

Other Programs that offer treatment services for children with ASD at Penn State Health

  • Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI) Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, 717-782-2737 (all PPI services housed at PPI Campus on 2501 N 3rd St Harrisburg, PA)
    • Counseling and medication treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety