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Can children outgrow anxiety?

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Dr. Clarence Wimberly answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Anxiety: Many things affect our lives as we grow and become responsible adults. We interact with many people that make us the way we are as adults. Always associate with nice and responsible people and this helps us develop ourselves into good adults. So, the answer is yes, we and others can improve as we age!

Answered 10/4/2017


Dr. Kerry Ragain answered

Specializes in

They can, but: Children can certainly outgrow anxiety, but the likelihood would depend on at least 2 things: 1) the intensity, frequency and duration of the symptoms would be a factor. If all three of these are fairly high, prof. Help should be sought. 2) the child's support system. For example, chronic family problems could increase risk levels, and possibly lower the chances of the child outgrowing the anxiety.

Answered 10/4/2017


Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

I agree w' the: answers other Drs have given. Children can outgrow anxiety under ideal situations, however why not help them and make the process of overcoming anxiety easier? Most children enjoy play therapy. Who wouldn't like having an hour a week with an attentive adult to play with and learn ways to cope with their anxiety through play? If your child is anxious consider consulting w' a child psychologist.

Answered 5/26/2016



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