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Even Children Get Anxiety

Feb 1, 2008
People never seem to realize that children can suffer from anxiety as much as adults. In fact the anxiety that displays when children get to be teenagers will have started to develop usually in their early childhood.

Things that as adults we laugh about can cause children some real anxiety. The first day at a new school or their first date can both be things that cause normal worry to turn into an anxiety attack.

Severe changes in behavior that seem really exaggerated could be warnings of an anxiety disorder in a child. Some of these symptoms that a child may experience are a unrealistic worry about their daily events, the need of reassurance from authority figures, having severe self conscious behavior, extreme fear of certain social situations or events.

If your child is showing signs of sweating, unexplained pain or discomfort, repetitive behaviors or insomnia they may be suffering from anxiety.

People love watching their child grow and change. As a child develops abilities and fascinations they will also develop new fears and worries that go along with it and this can be very normal. A child may only show a few signs of anxiety. It just depends on the child.

Your child will normally start to be less clingy between the ages of 6 and 8, they will start to really like going to school and become less afraid of imagined things. This is also the age when you should be looking out for any of the symptoms of anxiety disorders.

If you have a child with an anxiety disorder, or one whom you think may have one, then you need to act now. Your child has a better hope of living a happy and fruitful live with anxiety if they get professional help early on.

Treatment for children with anxiety is the same as that for adults, a mixture of medication and therapy. With children it is even more important than with adults that you are fully aware of all the options available and any potential side effects.
About the Author
Whether you are a grown up dealing with Anxiety or an 8 year old with anxiety about sleeping in own room it is still just as upsetting. You should know you are not alone , read the true story of one persons recovery from anxiety.
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