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Kid’s mental health is just as important as physical health but may be harder to diagnose Here are some of the common anxiety disorders in children.

Anxiety disorders in children and changes in behaviour can be hard to detect so it’s important that not only parents are monitoring children but also other caretakers such as guardians, teachers and after-school carers. It is perfectly normal for children to suffer anxiety on a temporary basis but when it is ongoing, this is a cause for concern.

What are the types of anxiety disorders in children?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder is one of the common anxiety disorders in children. The symptoms are excessive and uncontrollable worrying about things like their schoolwork, their friends, family issues or even natural disasters. This may be accompanied by physical symptoms such as insomnia, vomiting, headaches and stomach aches.

Separation anxiety disorder is another mental health issue that may be suffered by children. Small children such as toddlers can experience this when their parents or carer leaves the room. Children may grow out of it as they get older or when they become familiar or used to their new environment.

Panic attacks are also a common anxiety disorder found in children. This is a feeling of intensive fear that can be triggered suddenly. This can be accompanied by physical symptoms of hyperventilating, heart palpitations, chest pain or discomfort and choking smothering sensations.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is another of the anxiety disorders that can affect kid’s health. This is where children have consistent intrusive, unwanted thoughts, images, ideas or urges to keep on repeating the same action or ritual. This could be washing their hands or checking if the door is locked for instance.

Phobias can also develop in children such as a fear of the dark, animals, spiders or insects or social phobia which is a fear of being embarrassed or made fun of in front of others. Most children and adults have certain phobias but when it becomes extreme and excessive, you may have to seek help for your child.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can occur after a stressful event has occurred in a child’s life such as the death of a parent, being robbed or other events that can cause extreme anxiety or feelings. It’s best to seek counselling if a traumatic event occurs to stop long-term anxiety disorders forming in children.

If you suspect your child may suffer from anxiety, it is best to seek help in the form of counselling. Seek out recommendations from your paediatrician or a school counsellor. If anxiety disorders in children are not treated early and they do not develop coping skills, it can affects kid’s health and lead to psychological illnesses such as depression.

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