Seeing symptoms of anxiety in children is not limited to any particular age group. In fact, at some point, all children experience anxiety which is very normal. As a parent, you should become concerned when anxiety starts interfering with your child’s normal, day to day activities. This is a sign that your little one may need help. Children who have parents with anxiety disorders are more likely to show symptoms of anxiety themselves.
Early Signs and symptoms of anxiety in children are often misdiagnosed as behavioral problems
Early Signs and Symptoms of anxiety in children are often misdiagnosed as behavioral problems, especially if they are very young. Some of the signs of anxiety in children that are younger than 3 years of age are also some of the same signs that may point to Autism.
- May have very violent outbursts (tantrums) especially when frustrated
- Doesn’t make eye contact, may REFUSE to make eye contact
- May prefer to play alone, does not gravitate towards other children
- Has a definite routine when they do things, and get very upset if their routine is interrupted or changed
- They might have a tough time adapting to any changes at all.
(More information of the signs and symptoms of Autism can be found ==>HERE<==)
Even an older child with anxiety cannot easily communicate her discomfort and may stop interacting with her family because of the level of anxiety she feels. Frustrations and repeated difficulties in social relationships and school performance can lead to increased anxiety about feeling embarrassed in front of their peers, as well as fears about letting down parents or teachers. Though these feelings are all normal, if they don’t subside with time and instead escalate or begin to interfere with a child’s daily activities, there may be more cause for concern.
As a parent, it is important to be aware of some of the ways severe anxiety can show up in children. With increased awareness, you’ll be able to intervene early and get help.
Here are a few of the symptoms of anxiety in children:
- Feeling choked
- Being in constant fear
- Escaping from situations
- Aversion from activities (Being anti-social)
- Low self esteem
- Being over critical
- Poor concentration
- Tired all the time
- Muscle tension
- Troubles or fights with friends or family
- Trouble sleeping
- Night terrors
- Chest Pain
- Chills or hot flashes
- Feeling of losing control
- Sudden unrealistic worry about everyday events
- Constant need for reassurance from authority figures
- Some children may also exhibit swollen and red palms or break out in hives under severe stress
Symptoms of anxiety in children may vary; this is why it is important to talk to your child about his feelings.
If your child shows many of these symptoms of anxiety in children, or if you have concerns or questions about other possible symptoms of anxiety in your child, be sure to talk with your pediatrician or mental health professional. Early intervention and treatment can make a world of difference for your child and can prevent further complications around the anxiety. You can learn strategies to help your child manage their feelings of anxiety. Here is a good place to start.