Do you know the warning signs of anxiety disorders in children?
Does your child have a problem with anxiety?
Take a look at some common symptoms your child may be experiencing if they’re having a problem with their anxiety:
- Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches.
- Being nervous, jittery, and hypersensitive.
- Decreased school performance or a lack of concentration.
- Avoidance of social activities or not wanting to spend as much time with friends.
- Tics, nervous habits, or compulsive behavior such as nail biting or hair pulling.
- Dangerous behavior such as cutting or drug and alcohol abuse.
- Excessive moodiness or outbursts of anger.
- Persistent worry that seems unjustified for the situation.
- Sleep changes or activity level changes.
- School avoidance or refusal.
- Being unusually or overly self-critical.
- A high need for reassurance.
- Outbursts of anger or oppositional behavior, even though you know in your heart they’re a good kid, they just have all this anxious energy coming out all wrong.
If you find yourself recognizing some of the symptoms above,Visit the Anxiety-Free Child Program or
you owe it yourself and your child to keep reading to find out what gets your child anxious and keeps them that way…
Does your child seem more anxious than most kids their age? Do they sometimes seem overly shy and afraid? Are you’re wondering if their behavior is typical for kids their age or if their developing a childhood anxiety disorder? Given the increasing frequency of childhood anxiety disorders, it’s reasonable for every parent to have some concern. Here’s some information to consider when evaluating your child’s anxiety.
As you’re well aware, it’s normal for children to experience some degree of anxiety in certain situations. The type and degree of anxiety will vary with the age of the child. For example, toddlers and preschoolers normally become a little anxious when separated from their parent or other close caregiver. It’s also very common for children to be afraid of the dark at some point in time Slightly older children may be afraid of the dark or of the possibility of monsters in the closet. Teenagers may become anxious about social situations.
Learning how to deal with these and similar anxieties is a normal part of growing up. I’m sure you can think of a number of other examples as well. One of our responsibilities as a parent is to help our children adapt and adjust normally.
Anxiety Disorders Children
With an anxiety disorder, child response to almost anything in an anxious way. This can become a real problem. It’s not dealt with appropriately, the anxiety disorder can persist into adulthood. On the positive side, children do respond well to appropriate help.
Sometimes professional help is advisable. However, the parent should always be involved in helping a child. After all, no one has more of an influence on your child or cares more about your child more than you do.
One program that I have gone over in some detail and can recommend is The Anxiety Free Child Program. It’s a comprehensive program and I believe every parent would benefit from the information it contains even if the child doesn’t have an anxiety disorder. The time and effort it takes to help your child is well worth.
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