Children help Cope Anxiety

Children are our little treasures, they run, and they laugh. They add spark and joy to our lives. They are not thought of as having any kind of worries or cares in the world.  They are our little balls of fire, always full of curiosity and life. In our fast paced lives it is hard to tell whether your child has an anxiety disorder or they are having separation anxiety or some other worry that may arise. But it is worth it for you to look into, especially if your child tends to be stressed out excessively. 

The signs of childhood anxiety can be confused as just normal childhood behavior.  There seems to be a fine line between what the norm is and what is excessive. Children can become stressed at many things in day to day life, such as going to school, leaving mom and dad to go to grandma’s or competing in an important competition at school. It is the excessive worries that are a concern for parents and caregivers.  Dwelling on certain situations and “what if” scenarios that get to the point of making your child feel sick could be a tip off to parents. This may even include your child getting an ulcer. Often when a child is feeling anxious, they will either have two different symptoms. One being the physical symptoms for example nausea, vomiting, headache and the other being the emotions linked to anxiety such as nervousness and fear. This can also affect the child’s ability to learn and think in an organized manner and could hinder concentration.

If you have open communication with your child, they may share some of their feelings or fears with you. This may be an excessive fear to cramped spaces, social situations such as public speeches, or any other number of common fears. Anxiety disorders can be symptoms of any number of disorders that are related.  There are general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, adjustment anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder due to a medical condition, drug induced anxiety disorder and finally anxiety disorders that are not specified. This is a large list of specialized categories for parents and caregivers to understand. 

The reasons for the anxiety disorder can also vary in range from psychological to hereditary to biologic and even medical. No matter what the reason, it is always important to address the problem.  The sooner the better, as children can be hindered emotionally and developmentally if they are not treated.

To address this problem, it would be advisable to go see your doctor or a counselor, even if you just suspect it.  These kinds of problems generally run in families. So if you tend to become anxious, depressed or any number of related symptoms, chances are that your child could also have this. And it is worth checking out. It does not always mean that medication will be prescribed; counseling and vitamins can be one of the first alternatives to consider. But if left untreated this medical problem can lead to a multitude of other complications.