Although we don’t often consider anxiety as a common childhood condition, in 2015,The Australian Government reported that almost 7% of Australians aged 4-17 were coping with the disorder. Anxiety is more than just shyness or worries, and can lead to adverse social, educational and health outcomes for children. Be assured that there is help available if your child is suffering from anxiety.
Is Anxiety Affecting Your Child?
Children often have trouble vocalising their worries, so it is imperative to pay attention to their behaviours and mannerisms –
- There might be a struggle when you drop them off at kindergarten or school that does not seem to lessen over time as it does with other children.
- They might be unwilling or unable to engage with their peers and often stand on the sideline of games and activities.
- They might have issues with any change in routine and get highly agitated in new settings or with new people.
- Common childhood fears, like a fear of the dark, could cause them such difficulty that they have trouble sleeping or experience frequent nightmares.
It is important not to dismiss childhood anxiety as just shyness or clinginess because it can lead to the child not ever learning how to engage with other children and trouble in school. Talk to your child about their worries and seek professional support if you are concerned.
Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton on Supporting Children Experiencing Anxiety
Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton are passionate about providing psychological services to children and families. With the assistance of a professional, we believe all children can learn to manage their fears and worries. We provide a combination of talk therapy, roleplay and if necessary, medication, to help the child adjust and overcome their anxiety. We also support families to help them work further with their child at home.
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