Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Anxiety in Children
It seems like kids lead a carefree life full of play and devoid of the worries we face as adults. But anxiety is on the rise in kids, whether it's generalized, social or panic attacks. There are a lot of time constraints put on kids these days. Their school days are ruled by structure and not much time blowing off steam outside anymore. Then after-school activities like dance, sports, musical instruction or other extracurriculars, plus homework, add up to not a lot of free time. Even summer is jam-packed with vacations, camps and other activities. No wonder kids are stressed. Some of the signs of anxiety in kids are easy to recognize and can manifest themselves physically - frequent headaches, stomachaches and sleep changes can be signs that a child is anxious. Compulsive or dangerous behavior such as cutting, drug abuse, nail biting or hair pulling may signal anxiety.