WHAT IS ANXIETY DISORDER?
To start, let me tell you, from all my readings, ANXIETY IS NORMAL, and ANXIETY DISORDER is TREATABLE!
Child Anxiety is normal, and if you are detecting in your children worry, fear, or if they are displaying stress every time they go to school, taking hours to fall asleep, won’t be part of any new groups of activities, or they don’t want to go anywhere without you, this is a typical display of anxiety.
Anxiety is “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome; strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen” assays in a standard dictionary.
Anxiety is a natural body response to stress, fear, and overwhelming worry and can affect daily routines and life.
If you are detecting signals that are putting in case your children´s mental health, go to the doctor, the same way you deal with fever and broken bones. The diagnosis of the symptoms can be an Anxiety Disorder.
These symptoms can start at a young age and can be part of their life if not detected. But if identified and helped can be just a phase or period of growth.
On this post you will find some alternatives therapies you can do at home with them, to help your children´s anxiety.
SO, WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY DISORDERS?
A combination of biological and environmental factors is the main case for anxiety, like for other mental and emotional disorders too.
Stress events, such as the first day at school, the first day of a new extra activity, giving a speech, going for the first presentation, moving or the loss of a parent or grandparent, may case emotional reactions that can trigger the onset of anxiety disorder.
TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDER
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
The term “anxiety disorder” includes this group of conditions and types:
1. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
This type is persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
2. Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Characteristics: unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and ritualistic behaviors and routines (compulsions) conducted to ease anxiety.
3. Panic Disorder
Characteristics: spontaneous, seemingly out-of-the-blue panic or anxiety attacks and the preoccupation with the recurring fear attack
4. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Is triggered by an extremely traumatic event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened or witnesses.
5. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
SAD affects 15 million adults or 6.8% of the U.S. population. It is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13.
The defining feature of social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated by others, or rejected in a social or performance situation.
6. Specific phobias
It seems excessive and unreasonable worries in the presence of or in anticipation of a particular object, place or situation.
ANXIETY DISORDER TREATMENTS
Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. How we mention above, an anxiety disorder can be treatable and, as soon is detected as more quickly can be helped.
By the World Health Organization (WHO) worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14.
Dr. Katharina Manassis, M.D., FRCP(C): Author, certified Child Psychiatrist, and Professor Emerita at the University of Toronto, although retired, She refers some parenting helps in her website. I will just give you some ideas.
Anxiety strategies don’t work once anxiety is extreme, so kids need to attend to the early signs of anxiety
Use a body drawing to have the child point to places where he/she notices anxiety symptoms
Ask which symptoms are the earliest
Ask if some thoughts/feelings come up even earlier
Dr. Katharina Manassis also mentioned parental pearls:
When things go wrong, let the child know it’s not the end of the world, you want to help, and you have his/her back…getting upset and assuming it’s the child’s fault will almost always shut down the discussion; children who feel supported by parents share more of their feelings.
For the same reason, when things go well, offer specific praise regarding the child’s part in the success (e.g., you included such beautiful details in that geography project…no wonder you got an A!)
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