Children express feelings of anxiety differently than adults do. Depending on their age and personality, sometimes, children are unable to tell an adult how they are feeling. However, there are 10 symptoms of anxiety in children that you should look for:
Your Talkative Child Becomes Withdrawn, Stops Talking, or Becomes Afraid of Crowds
If your child’s personality starts to change, it could be due to anxiety. When children get nervous, they may begin to become socially withdrawn. If your child is school aged, talk with their teacher and see if this behavior is happening at school as well.
Your Child Starts to Have Stomachaches or Vomits More Than Usual
Stomachaches and upset stomachs are synonymous with being nervous and having anxiety. This usually happens before an important event. For example, prior to a school play or a big test. If your child is having stomachaches daily or weekly, try to see whether these stomachaches occur on the same time or day to help pinpoint what could be triggering your child’s anxiety.
Your Child Does Not Want to Leave Your Side
Another symptom of anxiety in children is that they never want you to part ways with them. When kids feel anxious or depressed, they want the familiarity of a parent or a sibling. Typically this symptom is in smaller children. However, school aged children may find excuses not to go to school or out of the house and to stay near you.
Your Child Begins Asking Worrisome Questions
Children are curious creatures. They always want to know “why “and “how”. When your child asks questions with dark undertones, or it seems as if your child is overanalyzing or overly concerned about a specific topic, then you should question why they are fixated on the topic and if they are feeling anxious.
Your Child Begins Having “Meltdowns”
Acting out or showing signs of aggression are two symptoms of anxiety in children that parents should be aware of. Kids often use begin these behaviors because they know no other ways of expressing themselves.
Your Child Begins Bedwetting or Having Other Problems Sleeping
Like adults, your child’s anxiety may manifest in the form of sleeping disorders. If your child cannot tell you that they are having trouble sleeping, ask yourself, “Is my child tired during the day? Does my child seem drowsy?” If the answer is yes, then you may want to seek help to rule out whether this is a symptom of anxiety.
Your Child Stops Eating
If your child stops eating, or if their eating is combined with stomachaches and vomiting as stated above, then you may want to check with a physician to rule out if it is anxiety related.
Your Child becomes Fidgety
A child’s inability to sit still may be due to various medical reasons. If you find that your child is fidgeting all of the time, or even jumpy, then you may want to check to make sure that they are not feeling pressured by any external factors.
Your Child Cries More Than Usual or Cries for no Reason
If you find that you child is crying more than usual or begins crying during situations that are not stressful, there is cause for concern. This could be due to repressed or pent up feelings that the child has bottled or that they are very anxious.
10. Your Child Has Panic Attacks
You may notice that your child is having panic attacks. This is because of the stress that they are under and is a manifestation of the anxiety that they have.
Having your child stressed out or showing symptoms of anxiety may seem like a difficult situation. However, if you watch for symptoms and see your pediatrician once these symptoms manifest, then your child can receive the proper treatment that he or she needs.