Signs And Symptoms Of Anxiety In Children
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If you're worried about your child having anxiety or even an anxiety disorder then you might find this video useful for helping you to identify some of the different signs and symptoms of anxiety in children.
Childhood anxiety comes in a variety of different forms including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (also known as OCD), social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, selective mutism and panic disorder.
The symptoms of anxiety in children suffering from generalized anxiety often result in excessive worrying about things that needn't be concerning as well as a tendency to focus on certain things to the point where they are a perfectionist.
For children suffering from OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder they will often find themselves performing many series of rituals and tasks and will be unable to function normally until these routines are complete. This type is particularly common in children age 10 or older.
Social anxiety disorder in children is often recognized through symptoms of the child not being able to make new friends or answer questions in class. Often these children are seen as shy and introverted.
Symptoms of separation anxiety in children include excessive crying, anger and a feeling of homesick whenever they are away from their parents accompanied by a feeling of uncontrollable fear.
Post traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) usually occurs in children that have experienced a traumatic event like a parent dying and can result in symptoms like irritability and an unwillingness to go to certain places or to talk to certain people.
Symptoms of children suffering from phobias often come in the form of tantrums, headaches and crying. These children will often tend to avoid certain situations too as an irrational fear will stop them from doing so.
For children suffering from selective mutism they will often find themselves completely find much of the time but then suddenly unable to speak when in a situation that makes then anxious.
For children suffering from panic disorder symptoms include an increased heart rate, dizziness, fear, trembling, chills and nausea. Panic disorders occur when a child has had more than two seemingly random panic attacks.