Anxiety Disorders In Children
Reports are revealing that more and more children's are experiencing emotional and mental problems and it seems to be on the increase, in fact alarming figures have estimated that a staggering one in four children are being diagnosed with anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
There could be one particular reason for a child's anxiety or there may be many factors that attributing to the rise in childhood anxiety, emotional issues which may include.
These days children are spending more time being stationary on digital devices, especially the likes of video gaming where they are being bombarded by graphic action pact images which can produce a stress response where they are pumping their body full of adrenaline, which activates the physical symptoms of stress and because they are sitting down relatively still, they are not burning off all that access energy.
Because our children's lifestyles are changing they are not getting outdoors as much as they used to and they are not spending as much time engaging in activities and sports that give them exercise.
Children are not taught about how their thoughts, emotions and physical body are all linked together and they are not shown or helped on how to manage their emotions or how to problem solve.
Another contributor to the rise in child and adult anxiety and other emotional issues may be down to not eating enough healthy, good nutritious foods as more and more children seem to be having too much high sugary snacks, drinks and junk foods.
Although you cannot deprive them of having a few treats it can help to give them a varied but healthy balanced diet.
Any form of stimulants like too much caffeine, sugar, a lack of leisure activities, spending to much time
It can pay to encourage your children to ask questions and do some research when they have a difficulty to overcome rather than you doing all the research for them.
But it is equally important to teach your children ways to relax so they can help to reduce their own anxiety, worry and stress.
Anxiety linked disorders are now one of the most common emotional conditions amongst children and adults today and the problem seems to be growing.
There is nothing more important than the happiness and well-being of your children and it should always come before everything else in their life because the child who learns how to master their emotions will go on to live a much happier and successful life but although the academic side of things is important they also need to learn life skills.
Reset Your Priorities
You may have to reset your priorities as regards to your children, yes, it is important they learn and do well at school, but they can only do their best and it's not the end of the world if they don't excel to the standards you would like.
If your child feels pressurized to do well in their exams then this can cause them to worry too much about failing.
The stress of disappointing their parents can lead them to feel anxious about not getting the high grades they are expected to get.
Far too many children are suffering with stress because of the pressures being heaped upon them to pass their exams with high grades. Children do not need all this pressure and long term stress leads to anxiety and depression.
The ironic thing is, when they are coming from a negative state they won't be at their peak performance best so it is too every bodies advantage to remain happy, optimistic but relaxed so therefore try and make their school work and learning enjoyable and fun.
This does not mean their exams and study are not important, but if you want your children to perform well then the best thing you can do for them is to keep them feeling relaxed and happy because when they are at ease and relaxed.
- They will perform better
- They will absorb information better
- Their focus and concentration levels will increase
- They will be more creative
- They will have a better memory and recall
- Increased intelligence
This means they will have a better chance of passing their exams and excelling at school if they are in the zone and free of the burdens of stress and anxiety. You will need to give them plenty of support and encouragement, but avoid heaping any unnecessary pressure on them.
Encourage them to study but also make sure they are happy, content and having plenty of fun as well.
Try to avoid constant nagging, unnecessary shouting and criticizing your child all the time, each child is different and some can be more sensitive than others and it is important to bear in mind that children don't know how to deal with pressure, anxiety and stress.
How to spot the signs of anxiety in children
It is very important that you know how to spot any signs and symptoms of anxiety in your children because it can affect the way that they perform and behave.
So, if they are showing signs of anxiety, then it needs to be addressed and nipped in the bud straight away otherwise it will develop into a much bigger problem.
Look out to see if your children seem stressed or they are responding with panic in some situations.
Some of the signs and symptoms are more easily detected than others. OCD and obsessive behaviors could be a sign that your child is worried, stressed and anxious.
Their body and behaviors may reveal what's going on in their internal world, things like twitching,
Sleeping a lot or having trouble sleeping are also signs of inner stress and anxiety, as can their eating habits be.
An anxious child may suffer with socializing or certain social situations or events, you may find out that they want to avoid certain people or social situations.
If they seem to have trouble mixing and joining in social activities or even if they are refusing to go to school can be another sign that your child is anxious.
A child who may have social anxiety may want to avoid social events, they will also dread answering or asking questions in class and they won't like speaking in front of a group.
They may also be quiet around their elders and have trouble making new friends or mixing with other children.
Their moods, can be a telltale symptom of anxiety
Anxious children may have mood swings, they will tend to be the pessimistic type where nothing seems achievable or possible to them, because of their poor self esteem they can think that they cannot do certain things.
If your child has a lot of underlying stress, a negative mindset, insecurities or worries then this can manifest itself,
Children with anxiety may get angry a lot, they may come across as having a bad attitude and appear agitated all the time, you may find that they often get mad or take things out on their parents or be nasty to them, or they may go the other way where they seem to cry a lot.
If they do appear to be shy and introvert then they will need extra attention, help and guidance to build their self esteem and confidence and the first step to achieving this is to help them deal with their anxiety and fears.
There might be a trigger behind their anxiety and worries, this can be because they are not happy with their body or their looks, this is why it is important to teach your child how to accept themselves.
If they have been abused, bullied, neglected or picked on at school or emotionally bullied then this can lead to them suffering with anxiety, low self esteem and emotional issues.
Other symptoms of anxiety in children
- Inability to concentrate
- Moodiness and short tempered
- They focus more on the negative
- Temporary poor short term memory
- Anxious and worry based thoughts
- Low self esteem and confidence
- Depression and general unhappiness
- Skin conditions and spots
- Nervous habits and even drug or alcohol abuse
- Become isolated and withdrawn
Install, the foundations of confidence, at an early age
The most important part of children's growth is to instill self confidence in them at an early age, a confident and happy child will excel better at everything they do, they will also have less chance of being bullied.
Constant criticizing, nagging and nit picking by their parents can have its toll on the child as can putting unnecessary stress and pressure on them.
If you're in a hurry and your children are taking their time, try not to put pressure on them, it is far better to encourage them to get a move on.
Children need to feel loved and wanted, parents need time to pursue their own hobbies and interests, they also need time together as a couple, but we also need to make time to listen to, play with and do recreational activities with our children.
Enrolling them in a martial arts class is one way you can help them to boost their self confidence. If your child appears quiet and shy do everything you can to help them to become more outgoing.
Be careful what you say about them even in jest as children can easily buy into other people's comments, if for instance you keep telling your child that they are shy then they will start to believe it and it will become part of their self image and who they are.
The same applies if you call them stupid, thick or you tell them they are not worthy.
Teach your children about their thoughts, feelings and emotions
Happy children and students, are academically more successful.
Happiness influences your health to such a degree that you live longer so it is vital that children are taught how to deal with their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Many parents overlook the importance of telling their children about the importance of their thoughts and feelings.
Children need to know about their anxious and negative feelings and they need to know what causes them and how they can prevent them, tell them that they will get positive rewards for being positive.
It is important that they understand that sometimes they will experience anxious thoughts and feelings so they should not worry about them because they have to realize that they cannot always stop the feelings from coming, but they can choose to let them pass by peacefully without taking much notice of them.
Children should know that it is natural to feel times of discomfort and they should not feel too bothered by it, tell them that the less attention that they give to their bad feeling thoughts the less they will have them.
There is no point in telling your child not to worry, it would be far more helpful if you teach them not to take their negative thoughts so serious, it can also help them if you teach them to learn how to problem solve and look for a solution instead of spending all their time worrying.
Get them to reverse the worry what if thoughts to positive thoughts ones of what could be or teach them to imagine things going well and see themselves handling the situation how they would like things to go or be.
Instruct them that anxious feelings are important if they're being threatened, but they should ignore them and the fearful thoughts if they appear when there is no threat.
They need to learn how to focus on what they want, let your children know that the more they worry and think about what they don't like or want the worst they will
Most parents do not really know how their children are feeling, just because they may appear OK on the outside does not give a true reflection on what's going on in their version of the world and how they are feeling on the inside.
Children have not got a clue how their mind and body works, they are born with a powerful mind and a complex body which, is more powerful that any computer system, yet, they
The early years are the most important
The early years of the development of children have a massive impact on their future happiness and success, many fears and troubles start in their early stages of their lives and unless they are dealt with they will remain with them indefinitely.
These days more and more children are spending long hours playing video games, although they should be encouraged to have fun. When they are on a video game they are being bombarded with action pact graphic images which can hype them up and cause them to switch over into a state of stress.
The nervous system still responds negatively to these images with symptoms of stress and adrenaline, to make matters worst they are doing it from a sitting down position so they are not even using up all that extra energy.
Although they should not be discouraged from having fun, it is also advisable to make sure they still pursue and engage in plenty of physical activities and if you can encourage them to spend some time relaxing.
Don't leave your children to suffer in silence
The latest and most sensible advice if you suspect all is not well with your child is to catch it and deal with it as early as possible, but very few parents know how to help their suffering children leaving them feeling frustrated and helpless, yet unless you take matters into your own hands then your children will be left alone to suffer in silence.
Any traumatic or bad experience or the death of someone close them can cause them post traumatic stress and if your child experiences a traumatic event or experience at an early age, then if they are not dealt with can go on to cause them problems.
Teach your children safety measures, but try not to create unnecessary fears
Sometimes wanting to feel secure all the time breeds fear and it can keep you locked in your comfort zone.
It may be better to teach your children to learn how to evaluate the risks and if they think that there is no real risks, then teach them how to feel the feelings, and carry on.
It may be a better approach to explain to them and to calmly point out the potential hazards they may have to face rather than screaming and yelling at them, which will leave them with a negative memory and a fear of that thing or situation.
Children need to know right and wrongs and what is safe and dangerous, but if you are constantly warning them that everything is potentially dangerous then they will grow up to perceive their reality as an unsafe place.
There is far
One example is, many parents drum it into their children that they must not talk to strangers because they might do bad things to them, but although it is important to get your message across and make them aware of the potential risks.
By telling them not to talk to strangers is categorizing all strangers as being dangerous and they can grow up with a fear and later on, find it difficult to talk to or approach people they don't know.
This is a difficult one, because unfortunately, children need to be aware of the risks, but at the same time, you don't want them to grow up fearing all strangers.
It might be far better to tell them, although most strangers are safe and can be trusted, but learn them to avoid any stranger that is
They also need to know not to accept sweets or gifts from people they don't know or people who ask them for their help.
Learn them how to deal with suspicious strangers, you can practice what they should do if they are approached by someone acting with suspicious behaviors,
The same applies to other situations, they need good practical advice, but they don't need unnecessary
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