Anxiety in Children

Children are in that stage of their life where they tend to act carefree and misbehave at times. They are still so young, very indecisive, and vulnerable.

However, did you know that children can have serious anxiety problems as well? Adults oftentimes take a child’s odd behavior lightly and they shouldn’t. They think that a child’s behavior could be changed through time and that a young mind can easily be refreshed and renewed at some point.

Some anxiety signs on children that adults tend to leave unnoticed:

  • Low appetite. Some adults may consider this being just a normal trait for kids aged 5-10. However, having a low appetite could be a sign that a child is suffering from an anxiety disorder. The digestive system is the most affected when an emotional imbalance occurs.
  • Stubbornness. It is normal for children to act stubborn if they do not get what they want. Although some cases, like hurting their playmates physically, is not good and could be a sign that the child has anxiety. Also, some causes of stubbornness include attention-seeking and being too spoiled.
  • It is not good for children to always be alone. This might cause them less confidence and little to no social life at all in the later parts of their lives. This can make them feel bad about themselves and become anxious.

Anxiety in children tends to be the most neglected type since adults may refuse to take their behavior seriously. Constantly talking to them will help you know exactly what they feel and what they need.

Anxiety disorders in children that weren’t treated and prevented early can be experienced until their adulthood. Prolonged anxiety such as this could become worse and end up as depression.