Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack in Children

symptoms of anxiety disorder in childrenContrary to popular belief, adults are not the only ones that can experience an anxiety attack – children can also suffer from them. In fact, it is common for a child to experience an anxiety attack during a particularly stressful time (i.e. moving to another state, losing a loved one, friend or pet, changing schools, being separated from a caretaker or parent, developing an illness, witnessing a violent or traumatic event, etc.). It is important to note that symptoms of an anxiety attack may not manifest the same way in all children. Moreover, the first attack may occur while participating in a sport, performing on stage, reciting a poem in front of the class, talking to a group, quietly sitting in class or playing with toys at home. In other words, an anxiety attack can occur at any time.

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Recognizing Anxiety Disorders in Children

Recognizing Anxiety Disorders in ChildrenThe most common psychological conditions in the United States are anxiety disorders. Contrary to popular belief, these conditions are not limited to the adult population; rather they can affect people of all ages. Anxiety disorders in children often go undiagnosed and untreated because parents do not recognize the signs. Children with untreated anxiety disorders tend to experience poor academic performance, social impairment and low self-esteem/self-confidence. These children also have a higher risk of experimenting with drugs and alcohol and engaging in reckless and impulsive behaviors.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In ChildrenObsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs when a problem exists in the way the brain of your child deals with doubts and worrying. Kids suffering from OCD tend to worry a lot. Sometimes they fear of bad things possibly happening to them or their loved ones. They may also feel like getting the things right and therefore, they check often to ensure that the things are right and in order.

Some kids suffering from OCD might fear of catching germs or getting dirty and sick. Some constantly worry that their parents may get hurt or sick.

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