Managing Anxiety in your Child
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in Australia yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some of the common warning signs of anxiety in children, as well as providing some useful tips on how to help your child manage this condition.
What are some of the signs of anxiety in children?
There are a number of signs you should look out for. This includes the following…
- Feeling unwell and complaining of tummy aches
- Being more clingy than normal
- Crying or getting more upset than normal
- Feeling fidgety and tense
- Using the toilet often
- Having negative thoughts
- Constantly worrying
- Quickly getting angry or irritable
- Being out of control during outbursts
- Not eating properly
- Waking in the night with bad dreams and not sleeping properly
- Finding it hard to concentrate
How to help your anxious child
If you believe that your child is suffering with anxiety, there are a number of different things that you can do in order to help him or her.
The first thing you need to do is talk to your child. It is important to help your child voice their worries. You may also want to look into booking an appointment with your GP. They will be able to assess your child’s level of anxiety and determine what is causing them to feel this way. They will then be able to refer you to a specialist therapist if necessary.
There are a number of different treatments that can be used to help children with anxiety disorders. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a talking therapy that can help your child with managing the way they think and behave. Counselling is another good option too. The earlier you catch the signs of anxiety, the better, as you will be able to get the help needed as quickly as possible.
Keeping your child active, both mentally and physically, can help as well. Exercise promotes endorphins such as dopamine and has an incredibly positive effect on mental health.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding some of the key signs that you need to look out for when it comes to noticing anxiety within a child, as well as some of the different things you can do to help your child manage this. There is no denying that it can be incredibly difficult to see your child suffer with any type of mental condition. However, providing them with the right support is the best thing that you can do.