It is reckoned that there could be an epidemic of childhood anxiety that is quietly going unnoticed.
Many children suffer anxiety, worry, nervousness phobias and OCD. Why is this so, Why do parents or carers often fail to spot them and if they think they do, what action to take? lets examine this further.
In the world we live in today, there is always turmoil and upturn to cause a child's life perception uneasiness, stress or anxiety, a large proportion of which go unnoticed to the child but when they do affect them it can cause childhood anxiety.
Most adults dislike change , so for kids that do not understand the reasoning, this can be worried for children that tend to take things in might notice that there are more and more adversity in the world within which they live.Once, children would have lived a fairly sheltered life away from the media, internet and other forms of information and all of the problems in this world. Even hearing parents talking about problems or their own anxiety can have an effect on children, especially sensitive ones.
In the environment we live in today , there are more situations that can provoke childhood anxiety than ever before, including more pressure to succeed. Or they may have suffered a traumatic experience that they find difficult to understand or talk about and so express themselves in different ways. We, as kids, were not taught these emotional coping skills and so in turn do not teach our offspring either.
This is not, however, an excuse for seeking the right kind of help for our kids when we do identify a problem. Nowadays, science has taken leaps and bounds in psychological therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies – so the right treatment is out there to help them.
If you are not sure what to look for in your child but you KNOW something is on their mind – they are your children after all, if you do not know them – then nobody does.
Check out this signs and symptoms guide:
Physical sensations. … the signs you CAN see.
Excessive shyness, the need for constant reassurance, Unexplained distress, nausea, headache, fear, diarrhea, sweating, ulcers, shortness of breath, nervousness and an apprehensive sense of needless worry, nausea, tingling, vomiting, nervous tics, obsessive behavior, stomach pain, (Maybe a sudden tummy ache or head ache before school etc) often in social phobia where they really do not want to go somewhere.
The psychological symptoms
Poor social skills, Upset easily, General worries, Procrastination, Unsure of self, Cries easily, Over – Reacting to criticism, Scared of leaving parent, Avoidance behaviors, Perfectionism, Overly conformist, Requires constant reassurance.
If you recognize any of these symptoms in your or anyone's child then you owe it to yourself as well as them to get the right help as soon as possible. Childhood anxiety can be debilitating and can rob our young ones of a proper childhood.
Unchecked, these problems can become real issues and continue through adolescence and into adulthood. It is widely known that children who suffer from certain anxieties and phobias are more likely to have suicidal tenancies during adolescence and a larger percentage of these turn to drugs as a coping method.