Anxiety could be an inherited condition and is often confused with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Hyperactivity and inability to focus or pay attention could well be features of underlying anxiety disorder in children. As many as 4% of children and adolescents suffer from separation anxiety disorder according to a study in USA.
To recognize and treat anxiety disorder in children early, is of paramount importance as many of these symptoms could continue into adulthood in the form of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or phobias. Some of them may even develop somatoform disorders i.e. physical complaints without any evidence of physical illness. The important part to understand is that many a time these patients may be refractory to treatment.