Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety In Children

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anxiety is normal but severe anxiety can

negatively affect the way children

behave and perform in daily life one in

eight children have some type of anxiety


these range from excessive worrying to

sudden panic and stressful situations

the symptoms vary based on the type of

anxiety it may not be immediately

obvious to parents diagnosis and

treatment is vital for helping children

learn to manage their anxiety

studies have shown children who never

receive treatment often perform badly in

school and shy away from social

encounters some even have substance

abuse problems as they grow older

learning to recognize the symptoms of

anxiety and children is the first step

to helping them heal childhood anxiety

usually comes in one of eight forms

these include generalized anxiety

disorder obsessive-compulsive disorder

social anxiety disorder separation

anxiety disorder post-traumatic stress

disorder phobias

selective mutism panic disorder the

symptoms for many of these are similar

and only a psychologist or psychiatrist

can properly diagnose the type of

anxiety treatment and medication varies

based on the anxiety disorder the child

has generalized anxiety disorder

children with this type of anxiety are

prone to excessive worrying they may

only focus on certain things

many attempt to be perfectionist and

seek approval from others

obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD shows

itself when a child feels the need to

perform specific routines when they are

stressed they feel they cannot function

until these routines are complete this

often occurs in children aged 10 and

older social anxiety disorder children

who fear social situations are diagnosed

with social anxiety disorder they avoid

social functions making friends and

answering questions in class they are

often seen as introverted and shy

separation anxiety disorder younger

children are most susceptible to

separation anxiety disorder the symptoms

include uncontrollable fear and anxiety

of something happening to their pair

when the parents are away excessive

crying anger and feeling homesick or

common approximately four percent of

children have this disorder

post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD

occurs with some children who experience

a traumatic event such as a death of a

parent symptoms often include

irritability avoidance of certain places

or people sudden fear and anxiety and

lack of emotions this may go away over

time phobias some children only

experience anxiety due to certain

situations or objects such as Heights

animals in the dark southern Tantrums


headaches and avoidance are all common

symptoms they're irrational fear takes

over the moment the object or situation

is introduced selective mutism

selective mutism often displays right

after a child begins school they appear

fine until they are in certain

situations they then avoid talking and

may stand completely still without any

expressions this may only occur in

certain areas or with certain people

panic disorder panic disorder occurs

when a child has more than two seemingly

random panic attacks they then fear

having another attack symptoms often

include increased heart rate nausea

dizziness fear trembling and chills all

of these anxiety disorders are treatable

seeking treatment as soon as symptoms

appear helps prevent the illness from

further affecting the child's life if

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