Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Therefore, it is important to take care of both! Many adults are often able to verbally state their emotions. However, children will showcase their emotions differently. It is important to recognize the signs in your child, as well as, provide them with healthy coping mechanisms.

Most children will manage well with the support of parents and other family members. Some children, however, may have risk factors for more intense reactions. For example, severe anxiety, depression, and suicidal behaviors.

 

Risk Factors

  • Pre-existing mental health problem
  • Prior traumatic experiences or abuse
  • Family instability
  • The loss of a loved one.

 

Parents and caregivers should contact a professional if children exhibit significant changes in behavior or any of the following symptoms for more than 2 weeks.

 

Know the Signs

Preschoolers:

  • thumb sucking
  • bedwetting
  • clinging to parents
  • sleep disturbances
  • loss of appetite
  • fear of the dark
  • regression in behavior
  • withdrawal.

Elementary school children:

  • irritability
  • aggressiveness
  • clinginess
  • nightmares
  • school avoidance
  • poor concentration
  • withdrawal from activities and friends

Adolescents:

  • sleeping and eating disturbances
  • agitation
  • increase in conflicts
  • physical complaints
  • delinquent behavior
  • poor concentration

 

Coping Mechanisms

Here are some healthy coping mechanisms your child can use in times of stress. However, remember these will not work for every child as each child is different. Therefore, it is important to focus on what is best for your child’s needs!

Additional Resources

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