Have you noticed your child having frequent tantrums or persistent fears?
Children are God’s special gifts. They are the blessings that bring light and joy into our lives. There is nothing that can compare to the joy we get when watching children grow from babies to toddlers, to teenagers, and finally, into responsible adults. Their milestones are important to us and nothing else can make our day.
As parents, it is important to keep an eye on your child as he or she is growing. It is important to measure the aspects of a child’s behavior and be on the alert always so that you can notice any changes in behavior. This is critical, especially during the early teens since this is a particularly difficult time for most children as they transition from childhood into adulthood.
It is normal for children to exhibit behavior such as anxiety, spurts of anger, and so on. But if you happen to notice that your child is struggling with what seems to be an anxiety disorder, then do not make the mistake of going against your instincts and ignore it. Instead, take your child to a therapist.
Anxiety disorders can be treated. Unfortunately, nearly 80% of the children who suffer from an anxiety disorder do not receive treatment. This can be dangerous as this will affect their performance in school, their social interactions, and push them to drugs.
In order to avoid any such risks, it is important to be familiar with some of the symptoms of anxiety. Here is a list of the signs you need to look out for.
Your child has persistent fears: It is common for children to have a phobia or fear something. For instance, many children are afraid of the dark. This is quite normal. But, if these fears start to interfere with his or her daily life, then it is a problem. A child who is extremely worried or fearsome about going to school, or perhaps even playing might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Tantrums: Tantrums and sudden spurts of anger are not strange among children. But, if your child constantly exhibits such incidents where he or she goes into overdrive and has excessive meltdowns and demonstrates aggression, this may be a sign that your child is suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Having very specific rituals: Many children have certain routines that relax them. For instance, some children find bath time to be very relaxing while other children prefer going to bed with a certain toy. But if your child demonstrates the need to stick to a specific routine and insists that the routine has to be completed in a very very specific manner, it can be an indication to be careful
Avoiding certain situations: A child suffering from anxiety can leave things up to the last minute or try to find ways to completely avoid doing them.
These are some of the signs that your child is suffering from an anxiety disorder. Once you notice these signs, the next best step would be to take your child to a specialist. remember, anxiety disorders are treatable, especially when caught early on!
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