Diagnosing and Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents


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A pediatric physician for more than 40 years, Lloyd Takao, MD, has run a private practice in Orinda, California for most of his career. Dr. Lloyd Takao treats young patients with a range of conditions, including children and teenagers struggling with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Generalized anxiety disorder presents as persistent, excessive fear and worry. People suffering from GAD – as many as 25 percent of teenagers – experience muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, stomach aches and irritability; they often worry about things that haven’t happened, and about the people in their lives.

To be diagnosed with GAD, a child must encounter these symptoms in addition to feelings of anxiousness. Their feelings differ from someone experiencing regular unease in that their apprehension lasts a long time, doesn’t have a clear instigator, and remains even when they are not being tested or evaluated in any way.

Therapy from a medical specialist like Dr. Takao is a good way to help young people deal with their anxiety. The doctor helps them understand why they are struggling, and why their anxiety over a specific issue may be unfounded. The patients also learn long-term methods for identifying and calming the thoughts that make them feel anxious.


UCSF’s Medical Curriculum

As associate clinical professor of pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, teaches in the Foundations of Medical Care Program through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With the help of such experienced faculty members as Dr. Lloyd Takao, UCSF provides a four-year curriculum that prepares up-and-coming physicians for the sorts of clinical challenges they’ll face over the course of their careers.

The first year of medical instruction at UCSF includes three core courses that focus on patient care, organ systems, and metabolism and nutrition. During the second year, patient care remains a key part of the curriculum, which also expands to include important matters ranging from immunity to malignancies.

During their third year at UCSF, medical students gain hands-on clinical and clerkship experience. Moreover, during the summer, they undergo advanced clinical studies, which carry on into their fourth and final year.

For more information about the UCSF medical program and its faculty, prospective students can visit the university’s website at http://www.meded.ucsf.edu.

Strep Throat in Children

A practicing family doctor with decades of experience, Dr. Lloyd Takao treats patients in Orinda, California. In addition to providing routine care during checkups, Lloyd Takao, MD, sees patients when they complain of symptoms such as a sore throat.

There are many reasons why a person might get a sore throat. While some causes of sore throats are relatively minor, other causes, such as strep throat, might require medical treatment. Named after group A Streptococcus, strep throat is a common condition, particularly among children. It is contagious and is typically spread by such means as coughing, sneezing, and sharing a drink with someone who has the infection.

When a person becomes infected with group A Streptococcus bacteria, he or she generally experiences a severe sore throat, fever, and body aches, among other symptoms. Red spots might appear in the person’s mouth, and the tonsils might appear swollen. If strep throat is suspected, a doctor can perform a throat culture on the patient to test for the presence of the strep bacteria. In our office, we perform two simultaneous tests with one cotton swab. One test immediately tells us in 5 minutes if we have a positive result for Strep and the other is a confirmatory 24 hour culture result we read the next day. If the sore throat is, in fact, caused by strep, the physician usually prescribes a course of antibiotics to decrease the duration of the infection.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, maintains licensure to practice in the state of California. Dr. Lloyd Takao sees patients at his self-titled practice in Orinda, where he specializes in treating children with asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Commonly referred to as ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects millions of children. The chronic condition makes it difficult for a child to focus for extended periods and often results in impulsive behaviors. It is common for children diagnosed with ADHD to experience low self-esteem and poor performance in academia.

Parents of children with ADHD may notice their children struggle to pay attention and properly follow directions. In some cases, they accidentally misinterpret these behaviors as children not listening. In addition, a child with ADHD tends to fidget more than normal, talk excessively, and exhibit impatience when waiting. Other symptoms of ADHD include forgetfulness and frequent daydreaming.