Overanxious Disorder of Childhood (ODC)

There seems to be a continuum between this condition and Childhood Depressive Disorder. Sleep disturbances are the same as for Childhood Depression Disorder. According to the DSM IV, four or more of the symptoms of anxiety listed in Table # 6 must be present greater then 6 months and must be evident more than 50% of the time, in order to assign this diagnosis. The somatic presentation are those of the Fight or Flight response when epinephrine is at a high blood level with dry mouth, sweating, and cold clammy hands. Lump in the throat with frequency of urination and sometimes hyperventilation syndrome can also be present.

Easily fatigued
Difficulty concentrating
Easily irritated
Muscle tension
Disturbance of sleep
Table #6