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Battling childhood anxiety

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Anxiety is an all too common problem faced by our children today.

As kids grow up, some fear and anxiety is natural, but for some, the anxiety hangs around and often spikes when something new comes along, like school, and worry sets in.

"Early in childhood generally we do see a lot of fear and trepidation,” Dr. Allen Stefane, child psychiatrist, said. "What if mom disappears and doesn't come back to get me. What if something happens to mom when I am at school?"

Most kids adapt to new schedules, but there are kids who don't.

"When anxiety becomes overwhelming and it last more than four weeks and it interferes with the child’s daily functioning, it become an anxiety disorder," Dr. Stefane said.

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