Everyone experiences anxiety, including children. Most times it's temporary, and children can cope or be comforted and experience relief. In some cases, anxiety may be characterized by excessive fear, nervousness, or shyness that impairs functioning to the point that the child avoids places and activities. Some children may also have persistent physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach pains. If your child is showing extreme worry that is interfering with their normal life and functioning, Duke's behavioral health team can help them learn to cope effectively with anxiety.