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Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental HealthAddressing DSM-5 Disorders in Schools$
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James C. Raines

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190886578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190886578.001.0001

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

(p.230) 8 Anxiety Disorders
Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health

Nikolaus Schuetz

Amy N. Mendenhall

Oxford University Press

Anxiety disorders have the highest prevalence of any group of mental disorders. This chapter primarily focuses on three of these anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder. These three anxiety disorders have shared characteristics, are often comorbid, can continue into adulthood, and are predictors of other adulthood anxiety disorders. In schools, where many children and adolescents spend large quantities of time, anxiety can hinder academic performance, inhibit social relationships, and impact other important areas of functioning. Anxiety disorders in children or adolescents should be assessed using tools with empirical support and should include information triangulated from several sources. Treatment should cater to the level of need, such as cognitive-behavior therapy with individuals or groups. Collaborating with teachers, parents, and other community members is important for addressing anxiety thoroughly. A case example portrays these aspects of anxiety disorders in school-age youth.

Keywords:   adolescent mental health, anxiety, child mental health, comorbidity, generalized anxiety disorder, response to intervention, schools, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder

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