Children diagnosed with GAD may experience difficulty coping in different environments and completing daily tasks. They often experience fears about family, performance at school, maintaining friendships, and social status amongst their peers. In addition, children with GAD may display symptoms of irritability.
COVID-19 and the resulting isolation from extended family, peers, and teachers increased stress and anxiety in nearly all children8 increasing the risk of GAD. Females are particularly at risk of experiencing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and are twice as likely to experience symptoms consistent with GAD9.
- Feeling tired or fatigued.
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks.
- Irritability or having a “quick fuse.”
- Muscle tension or stiffness.
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep.