For some anxious children, they may be unaware of the link between their body sensations and being worried. Many children complain of feeling “sick” or having a “sore tummy” when they are experiencing anxiety.
For children who experience ‘panic attacks’, anxiety symptoms are very severe, and they can begin to avoid situations.
They may have social anxiety, find it hard to make friends, or to speak up – even to answer a question in class. Or they may be a bit of a worry wort and have lots of fears about the world, often called generalised anxiety. They may be afraid of something specific such as flying, or a fear of dogs – a specific phobia. Or they may find it difficult to separate from a parent. There are many forms of anxiety, and sometimes children have more than one type.
Research indicates that anxiety can be caused by one, or a combination of factors. These include genetic factors, temperament, ongoing stress, family background, physical health issues, or a traumatic event.
Although we can’t prevent the onset of anxiety, we can treat anxiety disorders and equip you and your child with the skills to manage and overcome their worries and fears.