Kids grow up learning of experiences that bring about negative emotions. But they have a problem knowing what exactly is going on with them.
The good thing is that they have a way of keeping us informed when things are not going as expected, even when they are not so sure what the hell is going on themselves.
Obviously, children see things from a different perspective. Actually, this might give them some insights us adults lack when it comes to certain situations.
Sure, they experience many emotions and feelings they haven’t grasped as well as adults do. However, they will be vocal about the symptoms, and this is where our wisdom and experience should come in.
Unfortunately, most adults are clueless regarding childhood mental issues and how they manifest themselves. ADHD is pretty well-known, as well as many other behavioral problems that plague children. But as far as anxiety goes, there is an incredible lack of knowledge on how this condition affects children.
However, the blame is not entirely on the adults, since anxiety is not even taken seriously among many adults. Many people think it is a normal thing to experience.
But anxiety is a lot more serious. It can deeply affect the person going through it.
When children show anxiety, such as running to hide behind you when lightning strikes, we understand the basis for their anxiety. Consequently, this does not raise a red flag.
However, a child can still have a level of anxiety that disrupts their lives in school, relationships and social interactions. Yes, it is very possible for anxiety to lower a child’s quality of life in a big way.
A study has revealed that at least 1 in 8 children has an anxiety disorder. When neglected, this anxiety can make relationships with peers difficult, bring about sleep disruptions, and even end in drug abuse.
But that’s not the worst of it – a child with untreated anxiety can feel worthless, and that can affect his or her academic potential. Anxiety has also been known to result in depression.
However, there is something we can do about this. To begin with, we should learn to notice when the child needs help. You see, a child will not express their anxiety in a way you would anticipate.
- Stomach aches when in stressful situations
- Problematic perfectionism
- Unusual coping methods like biting, scratching and pulling hair
- Meltdowns due to small issues
- Avoiding situations and people that could stress them in the slightest of ways
- Problems adapting
If your child has gotten to the point where their daily activities are disrupted due to stress, know that it’s time to see a good therapist. Also, keep your eyes open so that you get these symptoms early so that the child responds better to therapy.
In some cases, medication might not even be necessary.
However, the best thing you can do is pay keen attention to your child especially with regard to changes in their behaviors and habits.
These might sound like minor points, but they could make a world of difference in your child’s life is problematic anxiety is slowly creeping up on them.