What Is Childhood Anxiety?
What Causes Childhood Anxiety?
- Family changes, such as divorce or new baby
- New places or new friends
- New experiences, such as starting school
- Moving to a new house or city
- Witnessing traumatic events
- Death, injury, or illness of a loved one
- Bullying or abuse from other children or adults
What Are The Symptoms Of Childhood Anxiety?
Many of these experiences are typical for most children, and usually they can adapt quite well with time and understanding. If your child’s worry or stress begins to impact their eating, sleeping, or personality, they could have a more severe form of anxiety that needs attention.
- Symptoms of childhood anxiety include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Frequent complaints of stomach aches or other pain
- Avoiding others, even friends
- Being clingy to parents or other caregivers
- Difficulty focusing or being restless
- Having explosive or emotional outbursts
- Being impulsive or oppositional
- Dangerous behaviors, such as self-harm or violence
There are different types of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, phobia disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Dr. Larson has extensive experience in understanding the symptoms and identifying the underlying causes of your child’s anxiety.
What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Childhood Anxiety?
If childhood anxiety goes undiagnosed or untreated, your child could experience long-term, adverse effects including:
- Increased risk for childhood depression
- Increased potential for suicidal thoughts
- Higher risk for self-harm or high-risk behaviors
- Difficulty establishing and maintaining relationships
- Problems developing life skills or trying new things
- Higher risk of substance abuse