Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be defined as, “Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance)” (DSM- V, 2013). Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of many disorders that can be detected in children as early as infancy. As the child grows, both internal and external factors contribute to the development of anxiety disorders diagnosed by the presentation of the symptoms of excessive worry, etc. There are many methodological studies that have been conducted to test children and evaluate for these symptoms such as: self assessment surveys, one to one interviews, and medical tools that can identify symptoms of the disorder. While detecting different types of anxiety is crucial to researchers, it is even more essential to find treatments that can prevent these symptoms from manifesting into more severe forms of anxiety later in life. Studies have shown that both Art and Play Therapy can increase feelings of general wellness and self esteem, especially in group therapy dynamics, thus diminishing the anxiety symptoms. Within these therapeutic settings, children can practice social networking and overcome types of anxiety that can distract children from healthy growth.


Benefits of play and art therapy, causes of anxiety, child psychology

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Art Therapy


Naomi Schwartz