Anxiety disorders can affect not only adults but also teens and children of all ages and negatively affect their wellbeing. Anxiety Disorders can cause to kids extreme fear and worry, and changes in a child’s behavior, sleep, eating, or mood. As parents, we need to be alert, see the symptoms and ask professional advice and help for our child.
Children can feel anxiety for many daily things such as school tests, homework, or being apart from their parent. The last one usually affects young children and the first days in daycare.
Sometimes kids can also undergo social anxiety feeling afraid, too shy to express their thoughts or even embarrassed to do it. Moreover, in extreme cases, this kind of anxiety can affect the child who prefers to talk only to closest friends and family but not in class or with peers at all.
Like adults, kids might also have phobias. Children can feel anxiety for some specific things when they are close to what they are afraid as is the darkness, animals, thunders, bugs, loud noises, etc.
Signs & Symptoms
We must be aware of our kid signs and symptoms in order to understand and help our child. This is not only a parenting job but also teachers should be involved due to the time the child spends with them. For example, a kid cries or doesn’t want to go to school. The child does not speak to the teacher and friends or refuse to do things. They can make them feel nervous or afraid but these emotions sometimes we cannot see. Anxiety symptoms can be also affecting their bodies. Racing heart, hot face, butterflies in their stomach, dry mouth, feeling shaking are some more symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety disorders can be diagnosed by a trained therapist after a session with the child and parent.
How I can help my Kid.
- Find a proper therapist for your child who can advise you how to help your child.
- Help the child to talk to you about what is afraid and help the child to cope with it.
- Help the child to take small positive steps each day to face how they feel.
- It takes time to face anxiety so be patient and advise your child to be too.
- Build an even more caring and loving relationship with the child.
- Praise your child for even trying. The kids always need a nice word from you.