Children with Anxiety

Children sometimes experience anxiety for various reasons. Most children feel anxious from time to time and this is normal; when the anxiety becomes chronic, its time to seek help for the child.

­Generalized Anxiety Disorder is when a child or adult worries most of the time about many things—things that have happened in the past, in the present or in the future. When children have this disorder they worry about events that are coming in the future, conversations or actions they went through, their health and their family’s health, school concerns and world events. They worry so much and feel that they can’t control their worrying and so the worrying begins to interfere in all that they try to do.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder are anxiety, worrying, restlessness, feeling constantly tired, on edge, finding it difficult to concentrate and having problems with sleep.

Even though this disorder is frightening to the child and disturbing to the parents, there are treatments that can help. Studies conducted in the past have shown that the most effective way to help a child with this disorder is to educate, identify and train the child with relaxation techniques. In addition, when parents reinforce the techniques that can help a child with this kind of anxiety, the child does even better. If a child doesn’t get help with this disorder he or she will do what they can to avoid feeling bad and nervous. Some will do what they can to avoid situations where they might feel bad. In addition, some will learn how to avoid the challenges of life we all face and put themselves in isolated situations such as seeking thrills, rejecting responsible behavior, using drugs or skipping school.

In addition, certain medications can a child with this disorder--along with psychotherapy treatments.

It’s also been said that about one in ten children suffer from anxiety disorder. And, most scientists feel that anxiety disorders are not inherited but they also feel that there could be a predisposition to anxiety, if anxiety is shown a great deal within the family. Some of the symptoms of anxiety are: tension in the muscles, restlessness, tension in the chest and having mild stomach aches.­



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