Anxiety in children is pervasive; but we first need to learn to recognize this issue in our children before learning how to help them:
Behavior out of proportion
If your child on numerous occasions exhibits excessive behavior i.e. worrying, crying, frustration, anger, sadness etc… that does not suit the situation this could be a caution light as to anxiety issues. Other warnings include: excessive time spent consoling him about his distress with ordinary situations, excessive time coaxing her to do normal activities like homework, hygiene or to eat regular meals.
If your child is continuously worrying about what will happen (in hours, days or weeks ahead) you can add to the red flag list. Your child may also be inconsolable to logical arguments that things will be ok and will ask you for reassurance repetitively.
Your child may miss a lot of school because of illness, especially headaches and stomachaches. You may also notice physical symptoms when your child is in a state of anxiety, such as sweating, a change in breathing pattern, trembling hands or legs. A disruption in sleep and frequent nightmares may also be present.
Self-critical & need to please others
Your child may start to excessively use self-deprecating humor to hide the way he’s feeling. Or he could make comments that point to him being extremely self-critical and that nothing he’s doing is good enough. He may seem to want to please others to a high degree and have concern that people may be upset with him.
Avoiding usual activities
Aside from not wanting to attend school, children with anxiety disorders will refuse to participate in family functions, going to friend’s houses or other activities that he may have previously enjoyed.
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