All of us experience anxiety at some point in time.
Let’s be honest. I felt a certain amount of anxiety just sitting down to write about this because it’s such an important topic that impacts so many families.
However, a true anxiety disorder lasts months or longer and affects your daily living. Anxiety disorders are especially frightening when your child — who you always want the very best for — struggles day in and day out.
Sweet Sarah might focus on fear and be wracked with worry. Cautious Cameron may always appear nervous and shy.
And Mom and Dad simply don’t know what to do.
Let’s turn that around by taking a look at:
How to know if your child is experiencing more than regular anxiety.
What you can do at home and at school to help your child.
When it might be time to seek help for your child from a therapist.
First of all, children often express anxiety through physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches and nausea. Does that sound familiar?
Children with anxiety are usually very sensitive and often seek approval and attention. These little sweeties strive for perfection. Ring any bells?
These children can also have sleep issues and appear restless or irritable. Does this describe your son or daughter?
Divorce, bullying and any type of abuse can trigger a child’s anxiety. Are you ready for action now?
Here are some things you can try at home:
If you think your child may be experiencing more than regular anxiety, therapy can help.
With therapy, your child will find a safe, non-judgmental place to express his or her feelings.
Through kindness, understanding, therapeutic play and so much more, we can help your children feel calmer, more confident and able to sleep, play and grow like they should.
Wait a minute. My anxiety has subsided.
I pushed through my anxiety to say what I wanted to say, I provided some solid ways you can assess your own situation, and now I invite you to put your own anxiety aside and get the help your child needs.
To talk with Dr. Donnals or any of the other therapists at Two Roads, please call 217-651-6801 or visit www.tworoadswellnessclinic.com today.