Anxiety Disorders In Children: Seriously

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Anxiety disorders in children: Persistent fear is not normal & may be a chronic anxiety disorder which affects normal life

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Incidence

Anxiety disorders in children: It seems difficult to accept that children get anxious. We believe that childhood is a carefree time with only fun and games and without responsibilities. However, anxiety is seen in 25% of children from ages 13 to 18 years (US figures).

Normal fears

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations as it has a protective role to play. Also, it is difficult to differentiate anxiety from normal childhood fears.

Right from toddlers who normally start fearing strangers from age 9 months, normal separation anxiety at around 12 to 18 months to early childhood as the child is exposed to new unfamiliar situations, anxiety is part of growing up.

Nonetheless, for some children, anxiety can become excessive and may negatively affect their day-to-day living.

The difference between a normal childhood fear and an anxiety disorder is that the former is temporary and usually harmless. Children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, shyness, and avoidance of places and activities that persist despite the helpful efforts of parents, caretakers, and teachers.

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Impact

Anxiety is considered a disorder not based on what a child is worrying about, but rather how that worry is impacting a child’s functioning.

What the child fears  may be “normal” but help is needed when a child is experiencing too much worry or suffering immensely over what may appear to be insignificant situations, when worry and avoidance become a child’s automatic response in many situations, when they feel constantly keyed up, or when coaxing or reassurance are ineffective in moving them through.

For these children anxiety is not protecting them, but rather preventing them from fully participating in typical activities of daily life-school, friendships, academic performance.

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Types of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders tend to become chronic and interfere with how your child functions at home or at school to the point that the child becomes distressed and uncomfortable and starts avoiding activities or people.

There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including Selective Mutism, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Specific phobias to name a few. Of these phobias are the commonest.  

Symptoms of anxiety depend on the kind of anxiety the child is suffering from. From nervousness, dread, refusing activities or meeting new people, shyness, the child may also have physical symptoms of stomach aches, headaches or frequent urination.

They may be very self-conscious and feel they are not competent at doing things. They may brood about past actions. They may be wound up and feel very tired or irritable. This is known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

Some unusual types of anxiety are Selective Mutism wherein the child talks well at home but refuses to talk in school or outside. Separation anxiety may result in the child persistently refusing to go to school.

The child may have nightmares about abandonment and may become very upset when separated from the parent and frequently keep calling a parent when they are out of the house. He or she may refuse to sleep alone.  

Conclusion

To conclude, Anxiety disorders are not uncommon in children. They can occur in all ages and can be debilitating. If the child’s fears are excessive, are not rectified by time and efforts by caretakers and impact a child’s functioning it is time to seek professional advice.

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Anxiety Disorders In Children: Seriously was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by Dr. Rajeshree Singhania

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