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Anxiety Disorders Program

Anxiety in children is common and eight to ten percent of children suffer from anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include:

  • Reluctance to attend school of camp or sleepovers
  • Fears of being separated from parents for even short periods of time
  • Shyness that interferes with making friends or participating in activities
  • excessive worries and need for reassurance
  • Aches and pains

There are a number of treatments that are effective in helping youngsters with these problems. Early diagnosis and intervention can bring much needed relief to everyone in the family. Our program offers a through assessment with diagnostic clarification, individual and family work that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, and pharmacological intervention when indicated. Psychiatrists and psychologists work together to provide this coordinated care.

Faculty Clinicians

Joseph F. McGuire, Ph.D.

What to Expect

In order to connect families with the right team of providers, our intake coordinator will gather information about you, your child and your concerns over the telephone. Your initial appointment will be 2-3 hours and will include an extensive clinical interview with feedback. You may be asked to complete several questionnaires about your child’s symptoms. For children with possible selective mutism, parents will be asked to bring an audio or video recording of the child’s speech, if possible.

Contact Information

To make an appointment at any of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Outpatient Programs call 410- 955-5335.


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Bloomberg Children's Center, 12th Floor
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287

Directions to The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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