Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
Alternative Names GAD; Anxiety disorder Symptoms The main symptom is the almost constant presence of worry or tension, even when there is little or no cause. Worries seem to float from one problem to another, such as family or relationship problems, work issues, money, health, and other problems. Even when aware that their worries or fears are stronger than needed, a person with GAD still has difficulty controlling them. Other symptoms include: Difficulty concentrating Fatigue Irritability Problems falling or staying asleep, and sleep that is often restless and unsatisfying Restlessness or feeling keyed up or "on the edge," often becoming startled very easily Along with the worries and anxieties, a number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches). Depression and substance abuse may occur with an anxiety disorder. Signs and tests A physical examination and psychological evaluation can rule out other causes of anxiety. The health care provider should ru...
As the holiday season gets under way, stress builds. While we accept the rushed days and the added pressure, children also feel the stress and for those with anxiety, symptoms may worsen. Your child may start having trouble in school, be irritable and find it hard to concentrate. As parents, we may brush aside these signs as just being overwhelmed by the season but being alert to changes in your child's mood can pinpoint any potential problems early.
Symptoms of Anxiety in Children
In an earlier post, Is it Normal Childhood Fears or Is it an Anxiety Disorder , I listed some of the common signs of anxiety in children :
Fears are excessive for insignificant events.
Anxiety is accompanied by physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches or insomnia.
Symptoms of depression, such as insomnia or sleeping more than normal, loss of appetite, or loss of enjoyment in activities they once enjoyed.
Avoiding activities that provoke anxiety, including not wanting to go to sch...
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