Anxiety is a common mental health concern that affects people of all ages, including children and teenagers. However, recognising the signs of anxiety in children can be challenging, as they may manifest differently depending on the age group.
Anxiety in young children can be difficult to identify since they may not have the vocabulary to express their emotions fully. However, there are several signs that parents can look out for, including:
Excessive worry or fear about specific situations or events.
Frequent stomach aches, headaches, or other physical complaints without a medical cause.
Refusal to attend school, participate in activities, or separate from parents or guardians.
Excessive clinginess or fear of being alone.
Difficulty sleeping, nightmares or night sweats.
Extreme shyness or fear of social situations.
Perfectionism or excessive need for reassurance.
Counselling can be hugely beneficial for anxious children. Through art and play children can express themselves freely and start to build self confidence and learn coping strategies.
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