Childhood anxiety is often confusing for parents. You may wonder if it is normal jitteriness or if your child will grow out of their anxious feelings as they mature and develop more self confidence. But, according to the National Institute of Mental Health:
- Over 25 percent of children between the ages of 13 and 18 suffer from some form of anxiety
- Almost 6 percent of children have a "severe" anxiety disorder
As you can see from these statistics, childhood anxiety is real. The Anxiety Disorder Association of America states, "Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities."
To help you wade through the information we have on the site about anxiety in children, I have listed many of the informative posts:
Signs of Anxiety in Children - Knowing what the signs of childhood anxiety are can help you decide if you should talk to a doctor. We explain how anxiety can appear in children.
How Children Develop Fears and Anxiety Disorders - Dr. Jerry Kennard explains how and when fears normally develop in children. If your child's fears are persistent or begin to interfere with their daily activities, it may be time to see a doctor.
Phobias in Children - Some of the common phobias children experience are listed along with information on how to know whether phobias are a normal part of childhood or whether they are more serious.
Social Anxiety in Children - When children suffer from social anxiety it can interfere with their ability to learn in school. Children with social anxiety may feel as if they don't fit in with their classmates, they may be afraid of being criticized or that everyone is looking at them. They may think no one likes them or be afraid of speaking or eating in front of other people. This post explores some of the ways social anxiety interferes in school.
OCD in Children - Usually symptoms of OCD appear around the age of 10, but some children may have shown signs of anxiety or OCD tendencies as young as two years old. Girls tend to have a later onset, during adolescence, whereas boys often develop OCD prior to puberty.
What Young People Worry About - Dr. Jerry Kennard discusses what teenns andadolescents worry about most. According to Dr. Kennard, "Concerns over school performance, making mistakes, criticism, dying and health just scratch the surface but are frequently cited. Girls fret more about body shape and weight and generally seem to worry more than boys, who themselves worry a great deal."
Anxiety Disorders & Depression in Children - Many teens have emotional ups and sowns, a normal partof growing up. While it was once thought that children could not have anxiety or depression, we now know that not to be true.
Helping Children Make Friends - Children with anxiety sometimes have a hard timemaking friends. They may be afraid to speak to other children, their anxiety stopping them from enjoying social interactions with other children. They may need parents help to find interests and reach out to other children.
Talking to Your Children About Anxiety - As adults, we understand the difference between normal and excessive worrying, but children may not. They may assume their worry and fears are normal and are telling them to avoid certain situations. It is up to us, as parents, to explain the difference between normal worry and an anxiety disorder to a child
"Any Anxiety Disorder Among Children," Reviewed: July 29, 2010, Staff Writer, National Institutes of Health
"Children and Teens," Date Unknown, Author Unknown, Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Published On: June 13, 2011