Children and anxiety

Children and anxiety


  • 1 Is it normal for a child to have anxiety?
  • 2 Symptoms of severe anxiety in children
  • 3 What to do when there is anxiety in childhood

Is it normal for a child to have anxiety?

All children feel anxiety, starting from the moment the child is in his mother's womb, if she is anxious, she will transmit the anxiety to her child, then the well-known comes birth trauma

It is common and it is normal for children to feel anxiety at certain periods of their life. There is a time for anxiety to arise between 7 months and preschool age, children who enjoy health can feel anxiety strong when they manage to separate from the father figures or their closest ones.

Children have short-term fears, such as fear of darkness, rains and storms, animals, clowns, masks, lifts, unknown people. However, when anxieties become persistent and very strong, such as the separation of their parents to attend school, establish interpersonal relationships with their peers, exaggerated fears of the sea, etc., it is the direct responsibility of the parents to request help and advice. Psychological and the psychologist will be responsible for referring the case if it is very acute to psychiatry, if the child is definitely too disturbed and in many cases you have to medicate the child.

Symptoms of severe anxiety in children

The following symptoms are a sign of severe anxiety, both in children and adolescents, due to a separation from loved ones:

  • Not wanting to go to school and flatly refuse.
  • Constant complaints of pain, whether of the head, stomach and a series of physical discomforts.
  • Repetitive and constant thoughts and a great fear for their own safety and that of the father figures and their loved ones.
  • Want to sleep with their parents or an adult and not be able to do it alone.
  • Fear of sleeping somewhere other than your home and developing an exaggerated attachment to your home and feeling strange in new places.
  • He suffers from exaggerated panic and constant tantrums by having to separate from his parents or loved ones
  • An exaggerated fear of talking to strangers.
  • Have very few friends at school or in your residential unit and interact only with acquaintances or with your family circle.
  • Feeling exaggerated concerns about events that have not happened.
  • Repetitive and constant concerns for the school, their peers.
  • A lot of fear of being alone in closed places, for example in an elevator.

The children who suffer from these anxiety processes, tend to get tense and often stiff. Many of them constantly look for those who comfort them for a long time and have so many concerns that they constantly interfere with the type of activities they perform. Since anxious children remain still, they present themselves in a conforming manner and always tend to please others, for these reasons it is very difficult to realize the difficulties they present and to perceive what actually happens to them.

What to do when there is anxiety in childhood

Parents, teachers and caregivers of the child should know the symptoms of anxiety and be very attentive to them, since in this way they can intervene in the help of the child as soon as possible, taking on time the problem and in this way to prevent possible difficulties and complications. A treatment taken on time may prevent future difficulties such as the child having no relationships or friendships, failure in the school area and low self-esteem that occurs in children with anxiety disorder.

The problem of children suffering from these symptoms of severe anxiety, can be treated quickly today. The treatment to follow would be psychotherapy with the child, couple therapy, family therapy, which would encompass therapy with his siblings, uncles, cousins ​​and other people who relate to the child, you must also take into account the people who They are in charge of the child at school.