What to do When Your Child has Anxiety

Anxiety is never easy to deal with, but if you have a child who is struggling it can be difficult to know what to do. You might think that your kid needs medication for an anxiety disorder, it is a tough decision to make. Once you get started, anxiety can worsen after they stop taking the medication. It can be hard to determine whether your child has an anxiety disorder that actually requires medication or if they simply get anxious from time-to-time. Below are a few ways to tell what is going on with your child and create a treatment plan for anxiety if they need it.

Ask them Questions

Before you take any drastic action, you should ask your child about how they are feeling. Inquire about what makes them afraid and what happens physically when they are experiencing those fears. It is important to quell your child’s anxieties by telling them that their fears are unfounded or based on things they don’t know. Anxiety has so much to do with imagined or perceived inadequacies, worries about the future, or the creation of scenarios that may not occur anyway. Start by understanding what your child is experiencing and if you think that they are having anxiety that requires professional help, it won’t hurt to take them to a counselor.

Take them to a Therapist

When your child has begun expressing anxieties about the world, the future, their health, or other worries of this manner, you should start by taking them to a child therapist. These counselors can give you a good idea about what they are going through. Do they have an anxiety disorder that requires medication or are they just a nervous kid in a big, scary world? A therapist who is qualified to answer these questions will not only give you the peace of mind that’s necessary to understand what is going on with your child, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Mitigate Unnecessary Stress

Depending on how your child responds to therapy and your efforts to quell their anxiety, you can also do your best to mitigate any unnecessary stress they have. For example, keep your own worries about the world, health, life, and finances from them so they don’t incur more stress and anxiety. This is not to shield them from the world, but if your child has a lot of worries it can be very helpful to them and yourself to cut down on unnecessary sources of anxiousness.

See a Psychiatrist

After starting with therapy, if you and your child’s counselor still think that they are experiencing an anxiety disorder that requires medication you can talk to the therapist about whether they think medication would be a proper route. If the symptoms of anxiety don’t get better over time, it might be an issue for a child psychiatrist.

A professional of this capacity can provide the necessary guidance on the right medication and dosage for your child. While you might be hesitant to get your child on a prescription, if they are truly struggling with an anxiety disorder that requires medication then it is best for them to be on it. While it may seem early, it’s also better to get your child started on the right path by helping them get their anxiety under control.

Anxiety can be quite inhibiting in daily life. It can cause a lot of stress, worry, depression, and hardship. It can make mountains out of mole hills. Anxiousness can result in physical discomfort, shortness of breath, irregular breathing, and even heart palpitations. Anxiety makes obstacles for people when it comes to public speaking, dealing with peers, and interacting in social situations.

If your child is going through with an anxiety disorder, it may get in the way of them living a happy, healthy life. When you notice they have anxiety, put them on the slow, gradual path of dealing with it. Their anxiety may go away over time but it might not. For some anxiety is a constant part of life that has to be managed. While you may be reluctant to get your child on medication, it doesn’t have to be right away. Take it slow and do your best to help them have the best life possible by dealing with their anxiety early on in life.


Author: Joseph Hanover

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