In 2015,The Australian Government reported that almost 7% of Australians aged 4-17 were experiencing anxiety. Although children do not usually have the life stresses that adults do, worries and fear can still affect them and lead to adverse health outcomes.
The Symptoms and Challenges of Anxiety
It can be hard to tell if your child is suffering from anxiety, but there are some key signs to look out for –
- They might be unwilling to leave your side and have issues when you leave them at kindergarten or school.
- They might be reluctant to engage with other children or have trouble joining in games.
- They might struggle with changes in routine, even finding small things like a new meal hard to cope with.
- Common childhood fears, such as a fear of the dark or monsters could manifest in trouble sleeping and severe anxiety before bedtime.
It can be hard for children, especially very young children, to vocalise their worries, so the onus is on the parent to identify behaviours that could indicate anxiety. It is important not to dismiss anxiety in children, as it can lead to maladjusted coping strategies, social dysfunction and other mental health issues if left unchecked.
Mental Health Support for Children at Life Resolutions
Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton know how tough coping with anxiety can be for both children and parents. We are proud to provide a range of techniques for dealing with anxiety, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which helps the anxious child understand and manage their fears and worries. We also work with parents and family members to help them support the child.
The Life Resolutions Team, Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton
If you are worried about your child’s anxious behaviours, please do not hesitate to contact us today and book an appointment.
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