Let’s just simplify things a bit, there is a lot of information out there, but my favourite simplification is this, Anxiety is basically having too many feelings, almost like and overload of them all at once. Why is this so important to recognize? Kids suffer from anxiety more than we realize, just sit in a playground and watch how kids interact, what they are experiencing, and the new feelings they are developing, you can almost see kids emotions going up and down like a yoyo.
Kids experience a lot of stress, yes, I said stress. Just think about it, as they grow, we expect them to start school, settle in perfectly, have no social problems, and navigate learning for 8 hours a day. Oh, and in many cases, move, switch schools, say goodbye to friends and family. Their day to day is actually really stressful, and we as adults often times don’t recognize that they are stressed. The more that is going on around them often times triggers anxiety, they just have too many feelings coursing through their bodies to understand what is up/down or sideways.
Anxiety BC identifies these symptoms in children with anxiety.
Does any of this sound like your child or teen?
- Clinging, crying and/or tantrums when you separate
- Excessive shyness, avoiding social situations
- Constant worry
- Avoiding situations or places because of fears
- Complaints of frequent stomach-ache or headaches
- Experiencing sudden and frequent panic attacks
“Anxiety is a natural human reaction, and it serves an important biological function: It’s an alarm system that’s activated whenever we perceive danger or a threat. When the body and mind react, we can feel physical sensations, like dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, and sweaty or shaky hands and feet. These sensations — called the fight–flight response — are caused by a rush of adrenaline and other stress hormones that prepare the body to make a quick getaway or “flight” from danger.” It is no longer normal, when the anxiety is present all the time.