NORTH DAKOTA (KXNET) — According to the United Health Foundation, one in 10 children in North Dakota suffer from anxiety, according to Monday’s health headlines.
All children have fears and worries and can feel sad and hopeless at times. But why are children diagnosed with anxiety?
Children are diagnosed with anxiety when they are stuck in the fears and worries typical of young children, or when they have so many fears and worries that they interfere with school, home, or play.
Anxiety symptoms include sleep disturbances and physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and stomachaches.
“That emotion is like the immune system, and you have to challenge it and throw germs and bacteria at it to really optimize its functioning. You need to get tense sometimes to build up, and so do your emotions,” says anxiety researcher Tracy Dennis Tiwari, Ph.D.
In addition to getting proper mental health treatment, leading a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise can play a role in managing anxiety, she says.