How to Treat Anxiety in Kids


Anxiety stands among the most common problems children experience. Although anxiety usually proves easily treatable, parents need to understand how to help their child because it takes more than awareness and skill to alleviate the child’s condition. Once you have identified the symptoms, you must bring them to the forefront of your attention to help prevent the disorder’s progress and avoid causing more problems over time.

1. Recognize your child’s symptoms. Look for any stressful events that might affect the child’s feelings. Often anxiety can result from troubles in school, moving to a new neighborhood or losing a loved one. Look for physical symptoms in your child such as headaches, muscle aches and a lack of energy.

2. Practice caution. If a child regularly makes excuses to avoid participating in activities or going to school, such can indicate an anxiety disorder.

3. Ask the child how she feels. If the child doesn’t want to go to school, ask for her reasons and listen. If the child has problems opening up with you, ask yourself what might cause the anxiety. Such might result from stress in the home, such as divorce in the family or even of having a new member in the family.

4. Provide comfort and distraction. Try to do something the child enjoys, such going to the beach or playing his favorite video games. Going out can boost a person’s mood, so a walk in the park for fresh air and other outdoor activities can help the child feel better and offer him a new perspective on things.

5. Check the child’s diet. Ensure you provide balanced meals, including fruits and vegetable, to the child for good health and conditioning. Try to cut down the child’s intake of sodas and sweets.

6. Avoid pressure. Just like adults, children need to play and rest. Don’t put too much pressure on the child to get involved with too many activities, and don’t push those he doesn’t enjoy. Allow the child to participate in extracurricular activities he child loves instead of getting him into soccer or music if he has no interest in those activities.

7. Reward the child for every achievement. If your child fears sleeping alone or is extremely shy at school, use a reward system to measure her progress. Offer her favorite treats or toys if she participates in a school activity. Accept that you child may experience setbacks. It may take awhile before the child achieves what you expect from her.

8. If signs of anxiety persist, find a support group to supplement the treatment of your child’s anxiety. Search for local resources or a psychiatrist who can also provide information on support groups and teach you how to cope with the child’s symptoms in a positive way.

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About the Author: Roberta Southworth is a psychiatrist by profession. She likes to help out people by writing informative tips on how people can to solve their family and relationship issues. She is currently staying in Ireland. She has 5 years of couple counseling experience.

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