Thursday, Jun. 11, 2009



• On average, separation anxiety and most phobias begin to appear by age 7

• Panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders are often seen by age 10

Warning Signs

• Extreme irritability during infancy

• Fearfulness in toddlerhood

• Very shy behavior around puberty

• Inability to relax or face fear


• One approach targets 3-to-5-year-olds who show inhibited behavior. Parents are taught to expose the kids, gradually, to situations that frighten them rather than indulge fears