During the first day of school, there is a high probability that a developing child would experience a small amount of anxiety. As the child starts a new journey in his or her life, the child would develop a sense of independence, which can cause fear and anxiety. And when the child reached the adolescence stage, the child will encounter a new dilemma, finding his or her identity and sexuality.
Anxiety disorder is caused by a lot of factors and these factors can be summarized into 4 categories: genetics, environment or social factor, history, and psychological profile of the child. Once a child is affected by anxiety disorder, he or she will be sentenced to a lot of health disorders including mental, physical and psychological disorders.
A child usually develops an anxiety disorder after he or she is separated from his or her parents. The separation is sometimes too hard to bear for a young child due to fear of loneliness and strangers. As a result, the child becomes too clingy to his or her parents. The unwillingness to let go and to be separated can traumatize a child if his or her will not follow.
On the adolescent stage, children will become more self-conscious. They usually seek constant compliment from peers and parents to satisfy their own-doubt and worries. Their emotional symptoms are usually the results of social factors. More often, children would develop fear from the new road that they are taking and the idea that they need to build a social network.
Slowly, the anxiety will eat up the life of a child and starts dominating him or her. During this time, the child would cry and whine constantly without knowing why. The child will also lose focus and appetite. The child emotion at this point is too hard to control.
Once the child is hit with anxiety attack, the child would experience the sense of dying or insanity and also the child would think he or she is having a heart attack. Nightmares will come every night and then the child lacks sleep and experiences irritability. The child's stubbornness and anger will become intolerable.
After the anxiety attack, there is high probability that the child will make a barrier against his or her family and peers. Poor academic performance and loss interest will soon follow.
At this point, the anxiety already starting to affect the life and performance of the child and consultation is required. Consultation is necessary because anxiety has some similar symptoms to other disorders like attention deficient hyperacidity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.