Mental Health 

Dealing With Anxiety Disorder In Your Child

Temporary stress is a normal part of childhood, or any phase of life. The difference between normal anxiety and when it turns into a disorder is that short term stress can be soothed away; with an anxiety disorder persistent stress is ongoing. Anxiety disorder in children features heightened levels of not only stress but fear, nervousness and being shy; all of those symptoms can accompany this type of disorder.

The research evidence suggests that around 10% to 15% of children have this disorder in one form or another. Proper treatment is available, but if treatment is not given to the child the effects of this illness may continue on into their adult years. Ignoring anxiety disorder in your child can lead to a higher probability of dropping out of school, poor performance in school, anti-social behavior and an increased potential to succumb to the use of drugs.

You will find that there are quite a number of varying disorders. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is only one of many stress related disorders. Ordinary daily activities may induce maximum stress levels. This kind of anxiety disorder in a child often leaves them feeling overly anxious about simple upcoming events or just the basic dealings of everyday life. Always expecting a disaster is not out of the ordinary.

Feeling unable to control their feelings is common. Even when the simplest of tasks is painful, the child that is dealing with this illness does not know how to react otherwise. Even though there may be no exact way of knowing how this illness is inflicted, there are some common indicators. Biological hints, along with life experiences which are often traumatic, leave an imprint on a child and cause these kinds of disorders.

There are physical ramifications to this illness as well as the emotional toll. Not getting enough rest, muscle tensions, tiredness, and diarrhea are just a few of these physical symptoms. It is a misconception that anxiety disorders are only physical or emotional; both can be quite obvious.

OCD is another common stress disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder deals with repetitive traits. Hand washing or constant counting are common, but other repetitive actions are common among children. A child dealing with this disorder has a constant nagging going on within them to constantly do a certain action. This disorder is diagnosed before the age of 10 in most children.

Girls interact differently with this disorder in comparison to boys, in terms of when each gender typically develops the illness. Children differ from adults with this sort of disorder because they may not know that what they’re doing is unnecessary–that there is help available. An adult suffering from this illness can mentally note that what they are doing is not necessary, although many actually do not recognize it, of course. A child is even less likely to “stand back” and see that they need help.

Treatment for an anxiety disorder in a child is possible. Different methods of treatments are available for children depending on the type of disorders being experienced. As with most other serious medical conditions, serious anxiety disorders are treated with the help of doctors specializing in this field. Every child is unique thus each case should be treated on an individual basis with treatment accordingly.

Parents can help their children through this illness in a number of ways. When your child wants to tell you something it is important to take the time to listen carefully. Stay calm when an anxious frenzy occurs. Small accomplishments when praised go a long way. If you need help or support, fortunately there are resources available for you both online and offline.

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