Atlanta – Dr. Suvrat Bhargave of the Center for Family Psychiatry says anxiety is common in children and teenagers.
He says there are usually four main ways anxiety manifests itself in children.
The first is due to suspicion.
“Doubt is really secondary,” says Bergab. “So the child may infer something from his ability to do what you ask him to do, or he may have doubts about the environment. Likes? All of this makes you question yourself and your ability to do things in your environment.
Another sign is physical complaints.
Dr. Bhargave says children and adults with anxiety can experience headaches, fatigue and upset stomachs.
“It’s actually your body’s way of trying to make you recognize that you’re feeling anxious and make you express it,” he says. , if it’s only there when you’re about to leave home for school, that’s your body’s way of trying to tell you that you’re feeling anxious. “
Children with anxiety often struggle with change.
“Anxious kids love routine and they love predictability,” explains Dr. Bergab. “It’s almost like a safety net. There are even small changes that remove the safety net. And now suddenly all the doubts and what-ifs creep in again.”
All of this can lead to the ultimate way children deal with anxiety. It’s about avoiding stressful situations.
“I don’t want to go to school, I don’t want to be in a new situation. “Because something happens that they can’t predict.”
Dr. Bhargave says some anxiety is appropriate for children.
“But if you’re noticing that anxiety levels are very high, that it happens often, and that when your child gets anxious it’s hard to comfort and it’s going on and on and on. , they are a sign that your child needs help,” says Bhargave.
If you feel your child is struggling with anxiety, talk to your child’s pediatrician or mental health provider about your options.