Anxiety in children


Published on

Learn more about anxiety attacks in children, the symptoms associated with them and the treatment that is needed.

Published in: Health & Medicine
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Anxiety in children

  1. 1. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope A look at causes, symptoms and treatment for children who suffer from anxiety attacks Lisa Paule 6/9/2010
  2. 2. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope NOTICE: You Do NOT Have the Right to Reprint or Resell this Report! You Are Allowed To Give Away or Share the Content Herein, Provided It Is Left Unaltered. Copyright © 2009. Lisa Paule ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this Report may be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage or retrieval system without the expressed written, dated and signed permission from the author. LIMITS OF LIABILITY / DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY: The authors and publisher of this Report have used their best efforts in preparing this material. The authors and publisher make no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the contents of this program. They disclaim any warranties (expressed or implied), merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. The authors and publisher shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. As always, the advice of a competent doctor or physician or other professional should be sought. Page 2
  3. 3. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope Introduction I am guessing that childhood anxiety must be affecting a loved one if you are reading this report. This is a great first step in ensuring that your loved one gets the help that is necessary to treat their anxiety attacks and live a healthy normal life. Did you know that most kids who suffer from anxiety attacks suffer from them as an adult if they are left untreated? It is sad for a child to go through anxiety attacks for most of their life, especially when there is help available. I know you are eager to help your loved one gets help, that is why I am going to encourage you to get a FREE Anxiety Free Child Seminar that will give you the secrets to raising confident, secure, happy, and Anxiety-Free kids. Just visit to get started right away. To help you further, here is some information that I compiled for you, so you can understand better what anxiety in children is about, the symptoms that are associated with it and how to get treatment for your loved one. Anxiety Attacks in Children Are More Common Than Most Realize Many people have suffered anxiety attacks, and a lot of these people don't realize it. The sad fact is that children can also suffer from these frightening experiences as well. Imagine how terrible an experience these episodes are for adults - now apply that to a child, it's staggering! Here is what you should know about anxiety attacks in children. Knowing these facts can help you prepare to deal with a child who has a panic attack. First off, children have the same anxiety and emotions that grown-ups do, only for different reasons. Many children will start off by being afraid that they will suffer an attack while going out to various places. Just the thought of having an attack in public is very stressful for a child. There are various forms of anxiety attacks in children that you should know about. First on the list is the general anxiety disorder. This disorder is usually characterized by an excessive amount of concern or anxiety over events from the past, events to come or events in the current time. Children tend to worry about the same things, such as events that are coming up, school issues, their friends or things that have happened in the past. Typically this is an uncontrolled anxiety. If you want to help your own children to deal with this issue, then you can do so by teaching them different ways to relax. Try to get them to calm down, and talk to them so they don't worry. If you can't seem to do this well, then you need to take your child(ren) to a trained specialist to help. The professional mental health care doctor can teach your child positive self- talk methods versus negative self-talk. Page 3
  4. 4. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope It's also common to see children suffer from separation anxiety disorder. This is typical of younger children, as they're separated from their loved ones often. Whenever such a child is placed in an unfamiliar situation or environment, they may suffer from anxiety. These anxiety attacks in children may manifest when their parents are out for a date night, or during vacation when the parents leave. There are a couple of ways to handle this type of anxiety. You can talk reassuringly to your children, letting them come to understand you love them and nothing bad is about to happen. Teach them you'll return very soon. Another way to treat it is to actually leave regularly - once a week should do it - until they simply learn that it's normal. Hopefully with these tips, you can help to treat these anxiety attacks in children. Get more information on how go Managing Your Anxiety Attacks, at Eliminate Anxiety Now! and claim your Free Special Report which is just packed full of anxiety relief articles. Carlos Garcia has written a lot of different articles on Anxiety Attack Relief and they can be found at End Anxiety Now!. Symptoms of Anxiety Attacks in Children - What You Should Know to Help Your Kids Other than the adults and the elderly, the symptoms of anxiety attacks can also be seen in young children. We parents often tend to overlook the probable signs of anxiety attacks in children, which is definitely a big reason why these kids are left untreated for more than 10 years; the anxiety attacks tend to strike when a child is in his pre-pubertal stage. This stage is indeed very critical for the development of every child and must not be ignored. Research has revealed that children are likely to develop persistent anxiety attacks like that of adults. As children are notorious by nature, we often fail to understand the intensity of their problem. Sometimes they even try to fake us. Also the pre-pubertal stage is a phase of life when a child begins to grow rapidly and it becomes difficult to diagnose the kind of problem that they might be experiencing. Sometimes the children themselves cannot identify the changes occurring in their bodies, it becomes difficult for them to recognize a disorder and a normal change in them. Such a dilemma can also lead to the cause building up of anxiety attacks. As children grow up, the symptoms of anxiety also tends to manifest and it is well known that most of the anxiety and mood disorders in its chronic stages in adults are headed by anxiety disorders that the person has experienced when he was a child. There is a strong link between these two stages of life. People often fear some specific things as a child; some children fear the darkness and this increases the risk of the development of anxiety attacks when they grow up to become adults. Page 4
  5. 5. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope Researchers have also added that the fears in children can contribute to multiple disorders rather than just single disorders in multiple variations. It can be chronic and potentially threatening as well. Children tend to take pain and fears very seriously and they prefer not to get into those zones again that could lead to either of these two situations. For instance, a child who has a functional constipation problem would develop a sense of anxiety about his toileting behavior. If the bowel movements are painful, children hate to sit in the toilet as they develop a sense of fear. Such cases must be minutely observed as these small incidents can lead to bigger causes of anxiety attacks in the future. Children also have similar symptoms of panic attacks as adults. They might perspire and feel uncomfortable with some dizziness as well. They might also run out of breath and their hearts might pound heavily. These are typical symptoms of anxiety attacks, but you might not necessarily note these signs in your child even if he is suffering from a panic attack. A child needs to be observed and understood closely to get a thorough knowledge about his behavior. Also communication can bring up the problems that your child is experiencing; you must speak to him and while you do keep an eye on his behavior and body language. His expressions can actually reveal the intensity of his anxiety and fear. Also note if your child cries very often nowadays? Does he speak fluently as he always did? Has he been urinating very frequently and sometimes wetting his bed as well, which he never did after he turned 2 yrs old? Ask these questions to yourself and try to communicate with your child as much as possible. Also don't hesitate to see a doctor before things aggravate. To find out how to get panic attack help, all you have to do is Click Here Panic Attacks in Children - 3 Safe Ways You Can Treat Panic Attacks in Children It is distasteful but true that panic attacks children! It is more agonizing because they are innocent and highly vulnerable. Most parents think that their children are under no pressure of bearing life's responsibilities, meaning they are kept away from stress and worry. But this is more a misconception than reality, in fact panic attacks actually effect children, but the nature of how they effect and form is a little different. Before dealing with the safe ways to treat panic attacks in children, let us briefly discuss the term 'Panic Attack'. Page 5
  6. 6. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope The AACAP (an American research department of children) defines Panic Attack as "recurring periods of discomfort or/and intense fear, besides an amplified heartbeat and longer interval of breath. This period of time is called 'panic attacks' and can survive somewhere between a couple of minutes to quite a few hours." In order to prevent panic attacks in children you should observe the reasons and influences under which panic actually effects the child. First of all try to work out his/her past happenings and observe their daily behavior. Panic attacks in children can be easily treated by knowing and identifying the root cause. So following, are 3 safe ways you can follow to treat panic attacks in children: 1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in children - The child who feels too much anxiety about upcoming events, family, friends, conversations, or any other event, are commonly influenced by generalized anxiety disorder. Therapy and relaxation techniques are most effective ways to treat children influenced by GAD. 2. Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) in children - At the time of separation from parents or loved ones, commonly a child can experience panic. The cause of separation may be studies, i.e. boarding school. Try to make your child understand the reality of life, as well as train them to cope with emotional stresses. This simple and natural method is very effective when panic attacks children. 3. The fear factor of attending school after a long academic holiday - Commonly, a child can panic when school resumes after long school holidays. Cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) are useful in treating such panics: - Positive reinforcement like a reward system for attending school - Systematic desensitization- A technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety can both help to treat panic attacks occurring in this situation. 4. Anxiety and panic usually arises through something happening within the child's life. Sometimes it may be school and other times it may be a life experience such as a death in the family or parents separation. There are self help guides available online that can help to treat Anxiety and Panic, however severe! This may be an avenue that is worth taking! If you feel your child is suffering from panic attacks, you should refrain from getting worried; such symptoms are not abnormal and are easily curable. Just follow the above mentioned safeguards and in most of the cases you may find it effective. There are also self-help methods available to treat anxiety and panic attacks in both adults and children and they may also be worth looking into if you feel your child suffers severely. Click Here to find out how self help guides could help your child's anxiety and panic! Page 6
  7. 7. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope How to Treat Anxiety in Children - Here's How to Protect Your Loved One Completely! Falling prey to numerous kinds of anxiety disorders is something that is common to both adults and children alike and you need to understand this to get to the root of treating anxiety in children. Naturally children experience certain types of disorders more than adults; an example would be separation anxiety. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) on the other hand affects people of different ages even though the resulting stressful circumstances might differ based on the person's mental development. This article aims to discuss ways that you can treat anxiety in children... Before discussing the possible cures to this condition, let us look at this condition further; OCD, i.e. obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety and social anxiety are many common forms of anxiety disorders that your child may be prone to. Other common disorders that she may face include, but are not limited to, the following; certain kinds of phobia e.g. childhood phobia of the dark. You would do a great service to your child if you first determine the type of disorder that she is experiencing before seeking appropriate treatment. Also bear in mind the fact that children differ as do their reaction to therapy so your child might require a different anxiety treatment approach from another person's child. Factors that will influence the kind of treatment needed by your child will include; personality, temperament, low self esteem, irrational fear or compulsive behavior and so on. Once you determine the type of disorder that plagues your child, you can then place her on the road to recovery... You will need to enlist the help of a professional or specialist in the field of child anxiety. This counselor's job would be to understand what your child is undergoing, your child's fears and the possible root cause of her anxiety. If she suffers from different types of disorders, they will each have to be treated differently. Let us take an example...say; separation anxiety disorder: the aim of therapy here will be to ensure that your child is ready, capable of surviving and confident enough to survive temporary separation from you. So, although parental support is necessary, the ultimate plan is to allow therapy to run its course. You might want to also consider family therapy as an alternative to individual therapy because it might make your child more comfortable and more responsive which will translate to faster progress towards a permanent cure. A very popular method for getting various anxiety disorders under control is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy. Incidentally, most parents require this technique for treating anxiety more Page 7
  8. 8. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope than their children due to the fact that some parents actually are the root cause of their children's anxiety disorder. How? They behave in ways that induces anxiety in their children - for example, your child's first day in school away from you is going to be Monday after the next and you (the parent) are already worried. What occurs is that your child picks up these vibes and begins to become anxious also. What you need to do is be conscious of these vibes, guard against spreading that paternal concern to your child. To discover how you too can join over a hundred thousand Ex-sufferers of anxiety disorder, all of whom used this amazing, easy-to-follow technique to completely conquer their nasty conditions forever, Go Here Now: You can also click on this link to download your FREE copy of Ty Lamai's fantastic eBook titled: "Code Red: Kill Panic! Annihilate Anxiety!! Now!!!" here (limited copies). Anxiety In Children – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options Symptoms of Anxiety in Children Within children, the physical signs may be headaches and/or feeling sick, while the internal symptoms could be extreme nervousness and/or fear. If these symptoms aren't treated at an early age, children will most likely grow into them over time and experience anxiety on a daily bases as an adult. A child's thinking, how they perceive the world, and his/her learning can become a serious problem with their anxiety develops into more serious anxiety and this can have a big impact on their future and success. If you notice any symptoms of anxiety in your child, you should have them checked by a doctor as soon as possible so that treatment can begin. Some other symptoms, usually with more severe anxiety, are vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhea, weakness and aches in muscles, and other physical signs. Sometimes these could be the cause of a physical illness, but they could be the signs of severe anxiety in your child's life. Causes of anxiety in children There isn't "one reason" for anxiety to develop in children, so it's usually pretty difficult to tell. Some of the more common causes are genetic, environmental factors, or different experiences your child has been through. Even though it's hard to determine why your child is experiencing anxiety, you should support him/her in every way possible. Getting upset or tempered while around them could cause things only to get worse. The best thing to do is to try and remain calm and happy around them. Page 8
  9. 9. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope Treatment for children Almost all children will experience one form of anxiety throughout their childhood. One example is when a child is late being picked up from school or being lost in a store. Most children will panic during this inexperienced situation and feel a sense of anxiety through being scared, threatened and lost. These new worries will normally seize to exist over time, but they can become a problem and be the foundation for developing more serious anxiety conditions. However, anxiety disorders in children are treatable. There are child health professionals who have in-depth knowledge on how to deal and treat anxiety, whether serious or minor. Different kinds of treatment usually involve some form of behavioral changes, therapy, medication, and a few other procedures unique to individual health professionals. (c) Adam Murray is the writer of, which is a resource all about anxiety and panic attacks, which contains articles about other anxiety symptoms as well as information on social anxiety self help. Child Anxiety Treatment - Tips For Concerned Parents Every parent wants their child to grow up happy and healthy. However, there is a pressing problem which has been the subject of hot debate in recent years. It's childhood anxiety disorder. Many people don't believe that children can have anxiety problems. This is because the symptoms can sometimes be difficult to spot, or they may be misdiagnosed and mistaken for something else. Children can demonstrate their anxiety in a number of ways, and most commonly they'll act out or misbehave. The child doesn't understand what they are feeling, and so they act out in the only way they know how. They do this to get the attention of their parents. It's their way of asking for help. There are several types of childhood anxiety disorder, but the most common are: 1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder This type of childhood anxiety disorder is marked by excessive worrying, usually over trivial or unimportant things. Children between the ages of 6-11 are often afflicted the most and GAD in Page 9
  10. 10. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope children is commonly brought on by events like the first day of school or other important extracurricular activities. Some of the symptoms of GAD in children are: • Poor concentration • Fatigue • Irritability • Sleeplessness • Destructive behavior Panic attacks can occur frequently with this type of disorder and phobias of animals, people, and heights as well as fear of the dark are also common. 2. Separation Anxiety Disorder This is usually triggered because a child has gotten too attached to its parents in the first 12 months to 4 years of life. It's normal for symptoms of SAD to appear up until 4 years old, but then they should subside. If they continue beyond this point, it could be an indicator of separation anxiety disorder. Some symptoms are: • Refuses to go anywhere without a parent, especially school • Physically "clings" or hangs onto parents • Becomes homesick • Asks to sleep with parents every night • Has nightmares or dreams of being separated from parents When symptoms are noticed, it's extremely important that the child be treated immediately. If this is ignored, it may impede the child's development and the child may not become a well adjusted adult. Some of the most common treatments for child anxiety disorder are: 1. Drugs - Drugs such as anti-depressants and beta blockers have been successful in child anxiety treatment. 2. Psychologists or Psychiatrists - Child psychologists and psychiatrists are trained professionals and have had great success in treating child anxiety disorder. Medical professionals can help you to notice symptoms and alert you to unhealthy behaviors. 3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - This is a psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions. It works by modifying the negative emotions. In some cases, treatment is applied through the gradual exposure of the feared stimulus, reducing the anxiety it causes the child. There are many treatments for child anxiety disorders, and one of the newest and most Page 10
  11. 11. Anxiety Free Child – There Is Hope successful treatments focuses on parents treating their children at home through interaction and understanding, avoiding drugs and therapy. Is your child suffering from anxiety? If so, you may be able to help your child right in your own home. To learn about a powerful and effective method that can help your child overcome anxiety, visit: The Anxiety Free Child Program. In Summary: So if you think your child is suffering from anxiety attacks, look out for the following symptoms and do not be afraid to get out there and get help. Here are the symptoms: • Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches. • Being nervous, jittery, and hypersensitive. • Decreased school performance or a lack of concentration. • Avoidance of social activities or not wanting to spend as much time with friends. • Tics, nervous habits, or compulsive behavior such as nail biting or hair pulling. • Dangerous behavior such as cutting or drug and alcohol abuse. • Excessive moodiness or outbursts of anger. • Persistent worry that seems unjustified for the situation. • Sleep changes or activity level changes. • School avoidance or refusal. • Being unusually or overly self-critical. • A high need for reassurance. • Outbursts of anger or oppositional behavior, even though you know in your heart they’re a good kid, they just have all this anxious energy coming out all wrong. I want to encourage you not to ignore these signs, your child could be in turmoil. Start helping your child today by getting a FREE Anxiety Free Child Seminar and learn the secrets to raising a confident, secure, healthy, happy anxiety-free child. Start right now, do not wait another minute. Visit right now and get your child the help they need and deserve. Page 11