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Anxious children – signals

Written by Lise Kryger. Posted in Anxiety, Blog

Anxious childrenHelp your anxious child, discover the anxiety in time and seek help! The faster you find help for your child, the easier it is for them to avoid anxiety and avoid late effects later in their lives

Here are some signals you can watch for, if you are in doubt whether your child has anxiety:

  • If your child begin to avoid school because of the high demands
  • If your child begin to avoid driving in the car, avoid the elevator or other transport that your child used to be okay with
  • If your child has become more introverted than usual
  • If your childs quality of life is more impaired than normal
  • If your child gets a stomach ache or avoid social activities such as school camps and common spare time activities
  • If your childs self-confidence and self-esteem is falling
  • Somatic symptoms such as abdominal pain, sleep disturbances, muscle tension which is isolated can also be a signal

If you are in doubt, please contact the childs teacher at school or a school psychologist if one is attached. Share your concerns and observations and express if your child/familily has been through a difficult or stressful time recently. Try to initially hide your anxiety away from the child and instead using the teacher / psychologist to spar with, as the anxiety might be transferred to your child, – it might maintain and even worsen the childs anxiety.

 

Source:  Sjællandske Medier og Ingrid Leth, Lektor ved Københavns Universitets Institut for Psykologi

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