Anxiety is something that is not to be taken lightly. If even adults may have problems with regard to anxiety and they may not know how to handle them properly, how much more for our children? There are many causes of anxiety in children. Some of the most common ones probably have something to do with school and interaction with their peers.
How do we know if our child is suffering from anxiety problems? Scott, in his blog, outlines some symptoms that may arise from such problems:
• constant thoughts and intense fears about the safety
• fears about school and other places
• frequent stomachaches and other physical complaints
• extreme worries about everyday tasks
• being overly cautious
• panic or tantrums
• sweating, fidgety, unable to physically relax
• trouble sleeping or nightmares
• fears of meeting or talking to people
• avoidance of social situations
• few friends outside the family
• many worries about things before they happen
• constant worries or concerns about family, school, friends, or activities
• repetitive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or actions (compulsions)
• fears of embarrassment or making mistakes
• low self esteem and lack of self-confidence.
Is your child exhibiting one or more of these signs? Of course, it does not necessarily mean that he or she has a problem. It could be merely that they are part of growing up. Then again, he or she might really be having some problems – especially if the several of the symptoms above are present.
In the next post, let us look at some ways we can help our child deal with such issues.