During early childhood, children experience several emotional reactions that they know are different or even negative feelings, but they dont have the experience to understand or deal with it. However, in most cases, they articulate when something is wrong, even when they aren’t entirely sure of what it is.
Even though our children may look at the world differently than adults do, giving them a more in-depth insight into another viewpoint on any given situation- they aren’t as aware off, is crutial. To them, their feelings that are continually developing and evolving can be complicated, and putting a real prognosis on their well-being isn’t likely. Rather, they will tell us their symptoms, anticipating our experience and wisdom for guidance.
Still, up until recently, most grown-ups were utterly unaware of the influence of childhood mental disorders, other than ADHD and the other run of the mill behavioral issues encountered by children. And even while adults, it seems that anxiety isn’t taken with maximum precaution as it should be, because there is a common misconception that anxiety is simply the occurrence of normal fear taking hold of us.
Instead, anxiety is much more than that and can be entirely consuming for the person dealing with this or any other mental condition.
Recent statistics have revealed us that at least one out of every eight children develops an anxiety disorder. If left unaddressed, the initial anxiety disorder can transpire into difficulty managing and developing connections with their equals, severe sleep disorder, and substance dependence.
As an adult/parent you need to learn to pay attention to your child’s cry for help. In most cases, your child’s expression of anxiety will be somewhat different than you would expect, so it helps to stay in tune with their tell-tell signs.
Look For The Following Signs:
– Regular stomach aches during stressful conditions
– Nervous reaction
– Avoiding people/situations that could somewhat stress them out
– Tantrums over slight issues
– Difficulty transitioning
– Excessive perfectionism
– Unusual coping mechanisms that could be viewed as risky
(biting, pinching, scratching or even the pulling of their hair)
So as a parent, if you see your child is continuously stressing, to the point of it affecting their daily activities, seek the help of a doctor. Getting the signs at an early stage can mean a better chance for corrective intervention. Listen to your child and use your better judgment to stay attuned with your child’s healthy behaviors and habits. Doing these simple actions can make all the difference in the quest of bringing up a healthy child.