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Kids and teens can be anxious about a variety of things. They may feel anxious in a social setting or when separated from a parent. Some kids have general anxiety about grades, family issues, relationships with friends, and so on. This past year, COVID-19 pandemic has been anxiety-producing for children, teens and adults.
Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and it’s often short-lived. But for 1 in 8 children, it’s something more. A child with an anxiety disorder experiences persistent fear, nervousness, shyness, or avoidance of places and activities. Some suffer from panic attacks. Oftentimes, reassurance and comfort aren’t enough to help your child get past his or her fears and worries.
If you have an anxious child, the first thing to do is to speak to your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor. An anxiety disorder is a common, treatable medical condition. Your doctor may recommend a mental health professional to help.
In the meantime, here are three strategies parents can use when anxiety arises at home:
Each child is different and what works well for one child might not work for another. A mental health professional can work with you and your child to find ways to manage anxiety.
Need help for an anxious child? The Linden Oaks mental health professionals provide expert care for adolescents with school refusal or avoidance issues, generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorders, social and specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Get support from Linden Oaks Behavioral Health.
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