Anxiety is normal – until it’s not. All children feel nervous about something: monsters under the bed, bad storms, giving a speech. Increasingly, though, anxiety is spiraling to debilitating, even dangerous, degrees in children and teens. And often their struggles get worse before they’re noticed and helped.
A big reason anxiety simmers under the radar is that these kids tend to get good grades and are liked by others, according to psychologist Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., of the Pratt Center in Los Altos.