Testing & Diagnosis for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in Children

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How is GAD diagnosed?

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is diagnosed by a mental health clinician who can help determine whether the symptoms your child is experiencing is related to an anxiety disorder or another medical condition. The mental health clinician (such as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, child psychologist, psychiatric social worker or psychiatric nurse practitioner) will make the diagnosis following a comprehensive assessment which includes a diagnostic with you and your child. During the assessment, parents are asked to talk about their child’s anxiety symptoms and related behavior. You will also be asked to give an overview of your child’s family history, medical history, social and social interactions. Sometimes parent or child questionnaires are used to help clarify the diagnosis.

If my child is diagnosed with GAD, what happens next?

After the comprehensive assessment, a mental health clinician will help explain your child’s condition and answer any questions you or your child may have. The next step is developing a mutually agreed-upon treatment plan that works for you, your child and your family.

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