Anxiety in children is an unfortunate but common phenomenon. While it is natural to experience some amount of anxiety from time to time, prolonged anxiety can be dangerous to the well being of children. There are certain symptoms and behavioral traits that are induced by anxiety in children. They have to be identified by the parents and family members before the anxiety becomes an ailment. There are different types of anxiety disorders but fortunately the symptoms and behavioral indicators in children and fairly similar for all types of anxiety. The actual diagnosis of the correct type of disorder will have to be done by professionals but they will need all the help that the parents can provide through their observation of symptoms and behavior of the children.
Children need parental help in the identification, treatment and effective control of childhood anxiety. One in ten children, suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Non diagnosis of anxiety in children can lead to long term repercussions. The children by themselves cannot cope with the effects of anxiety nor are can they identify and prevent the causes. Parents need to take more responsibility towards their children and provide them with guidance and support to overcoming anxiety. Children are easily influenced by the behavior of the parents, so, parents must take care and avoid displaying anxiety symptoms in front of their children, however trivial and common they maybe. They must utilize the opportunity to influence them with positive behavior instead. Parents must also ensure that there is minimal display of family friction in front of the children. Parental issues and family problems are the major cause of anxiety disorders in children; so, the responsibility of the parents is increased by that much more. It is also important to exercise a lot of patience and perseverance while dealing with anxiety in children. Children who display compulsive anxiety symptoms must be observed and the changes in behavior and symptoms must be noted.
Childhood anxiety symptoms are not dissimilar to those of the adults. But, children are prone to more mood swings as a result of anxiety, than the adults. Children do not have the maturity or the vocabulary to express their mental and physical state of agitation during times of anxiety. Their distress is displayed in the form of mood swings, sometimes leaning towards aggression too. This is not so common in adults who tend to display a little more restraint, which can be because of their maturity. Nevertheless, mood swings are unavoidable consequential symptoms of anxiety in children.
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Anxiety can affect all types of people and unfortunately children are no exception to it. Anxiety in children is becoming increasingly common and this trend is only set to increase in the next few years. Unlike adults, children are unable to cope with these bouts on their own. They do not have the knowledge about these attacks nor do they have the maturity to overcome them. There are highly reliant on their parents and family members help to overcome the anxiety bouts but unfortunately, the parents and family members are the primary causes of anxiety in children in the first place.