How do I know if my child is anxious and needs help? Many symptoms of anxiety are similar to those of depression. Furthermore, parents can easily miss signs because many of the symptoms displayed seem not age-appropriate. Parents tend to see these symptoms as behaviors that are not tolerated and require punishment.
Signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and teens include:
- irritability or angry outburst
- refusing to go to school
- tantrums before going to school about hair, shoes or clothing, breakfast
- tantrums after school about homework
- difficulty settling down for bed and falling asleep
- fear of being around other people
- extreme fear of being separated from parents
- afraid that bad things are happening in the future
- Changes in sleep
- Verbal outbursts
- Frequent crying episodes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Inattention, poor focus
- Somatic complaints such as headaches or stomach aches
- Irrational high expectations for schoolwork or sports.
Even though anxiety can be a severe illness, it becomes easily treatable when given proven tools. We, at Healthy Connections, believe that parents are instrumental in the wellbeing of the family. The earlier you equip your children, the easier it will be for you, and the better it is for any young person.
Triumph Steps is a proven program that helps your child understand the connection between thoughts and emotions. This understanding gives children self-ownership to develop new thought patterns that can lead them to happiness and peace.