It is normal for children to have worries and concerns, but sometimes, these feelings can turn into anxieties, just like they can for adults.The Australian Government reported that in 2015, 6.9% of Australians aged 4-17 were suffering from an anxiety disorder, making it one of the most prevalent mental health issues for youth. Help is available for you and your family if your child is dealing with anxiety, so reach out and seek professional support.
The Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety in Young People
Symptoms of anxiety in children often varies greatly, and it can be hard to spot. However, there are some key signs and symptoms to watch out for –
- Fear of change and a desire to stick to the same routine.
- Needing constant reassurance from caregivers about various worries.
- Not wanting to leave the house and demonstrating fear about going outside.
- Trouble involving themselves with their peers and being unwilling to join in games with other children.
- Difficulty sleeping and frequent crying before bedtime.
As children often have trouble communicating these worries verbally, it is important to take note of their body language. Younger children may whine or cling to you when faced with a situation that causes them anxiety, while older children might stare at the ground or display nervous ticks.
Life Resolutions High-Quality Mental Health Support for Children
Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton are passionate about offering high-quality mental health services to children. They know that anxiety experienced in childhood can seriously damage self-worth and lead to social dysfunction later in life. It is important to seek professional help if you are worried anxiety is impacting your child.
Here at Life Resolutions we have a team of skilled psychologists and counsellors that can help your child understand and move past their anxiety. This is often achieved via Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a kind of counselling that encourages the child to work with the professional to brainstorm ways to overcome fears. We also emphasise working with the family of the child to help them practise anxiety-reducing techniques at home and in other environments.
Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton at Life Resolutions
If you believe that your child is suffering from anxiety, please contact us today to book an appointment.
For more about the work we do at Life Resolutions, and the journeys of our CEO and Founder,Jodie Brenton, and our Principal Psychologist, Mary Magalotti,contact the team here.Or, feel free to explore their websites here:Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti.