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Recognizing Anxiety in Children

Updated: Nov 2, 2019

Anxiety is a reaction some people have when they go through any change. They usually experience a feeling of discomfort, fear or apprehension.

Like adults, children also go through these feelings at various stages of their lives. However, it is important to recognize these states of anxiety or worry should they become detrimental to the well being of the child.

Here are some of the ways in which a child may show anxiety.

1)They are easily frustrated, angry or irritable.

These children constantly see themselves in danger and are forever defensive in order to protect themselves. This causes them to become tired and unable to manage their emotions.

2)They have problems sleeping- either too much or not at all.

These children have ongoing fears like that of the dark, not wanting to be alone or being too scared to face "the world".

3)They complain of headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness and other physical symptoms.

These symptoms that the child is experiencing may be those related to anxiety but to the child, what they are feeling is very real.

4) They often lack concentration and are unable to focus.

More often than not, the children are overwhelmed by their own thoughts. They are also busy trying to manage the symptoms they are experiencing. This causes them to be inattentive or unfocused as they try and get through each incident they undergo.

5) Bad Behavior.

Children will often misbehave in order to avoid any situation that causes them anxiety. This is because the brain of an anxious child is constantly on high alert and will either try and get away from a situation or protect them by turning aggressive and destructive.

These are just some of the symptoms an anxious child may exhibit. If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing anxiety speak to a professional who will be able to help you help your child manage their condition.

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