Is your child a worrier? Do worst-case scenarios keep your child up at night? Has your child’s anxiety affected her school performance or social relationships?
Anxious thoughts are a normal part of growing up. It’s normal for your third grader to have trouble falling asleep after seeing a scary movie or for your preschooler to be afraid of the dark.
Every child goes through passing phases. But when your child’s anxiety persists and interferes with his development or daily functioning, it’s time to seek help.
What is child anxiety disorder?
Anxiety is a form of stress. It is a natural human reaction, designed to trigger the flight or fight response when presented with a seemingly dangerous situation.
Like adults, children experience anxiety in stressful situations such as exams or life-changing events like switching schools.
Anxiety can range from slight feelings of uneasiness to full-blown panic attacks. If your child suffers from prolonged, intense anxiety that affects her happiness and well-being, she may have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health diagnoses, affecting one in eight children. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders often coexist with depression, eating disorders, ADHD, substance abuse, and other issues.
Symptoms of child anxiety disorder
Discover if your child could have an anxiety disorder by noticing the following signs:
- excessive worry that does not diminish over time
- difficulty sleeping at night
- trouble concentrating
- irritability with peers or family
Diagnosing a child’s anxiety disorder can be difficult, as it is common for children to avoid talking about their feelings. They may worry that others will think they are “babyish” or feel that their parents wouldn’t understand. Oftentimes, children lack the ability to articulate their emotions with language.
Get help today
Nikki helps children and parents develop tools to cope with child anxiety. Through play therapy, Nikki empowers young children to express their emotions in a language that is natural to them. She is also experienced with helping teenagers manage anxiety symptoms. Regardless of their age, Nikki can help you and your child understand the source of their anxiety and create strategies to remain calm and reduce the physical effects of stress.
Let Nikki help your child move forward and make tangible improvements in their life. Call now to make an appointment, or just fill out the form and click Send.Please share this post!