Anxiety: Signs and symptoms

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Learn about the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and teens.

Key points

  • The physical symptoms of anxiety include stomach aches, nausea, muscle tension and sweatiness.
  • Behavioural symptoms of anxiety in children include difficulty falling or staying asleep, refusal to go to school, difficulty separating from you and meeting new people. Teens can experience anxiety through excessive worries about school and fears of being judged by their peers when out in public.
  • Your child's health-care provider can diagnose anxiety by talking with you and your child and asking about their symptoms, daily life and development.
  • If your child is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, your health-care provider may recommend therapy, medications or lifestyle changes to help your child.
Last updated: September 30th 2021