Worrying about an upcoming test, or what their friends will feel about an outfit is normal for all children. However, anxiety in children can be a serious concern when it begins developing into a disorder, and affecting how they live their lives. Identifying the issue is a vital first step,oftentimes parents dismiss anxiety in children thinking they will grow out of it, or that it’s for attention, but the root of the worry is what can grow to take over their lives. Identifying the signs and symptoms can help you moving forward.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety in Children
As stated above, many children experience anxiety in certain situations, however if the anxiety is persistent or chronic it may be more than just worried for a test, or stressed about fitting in. Here are some of the key signs to look out for:
- Excessive worrying lasting days, or even weeks.
- Trouble concentrating on tasks or school work.
- Fatigue, or trouble sleeping.
- Feeling sick.
- Excessively “shy”.
- Anger outbursts after events or transitions.
These symptoms progress and affect how children play, learn, and live their lives. It’s important to seek a solution to an anxiety disorder, at Cherry Hill Counseling we take child therapy seriously. It’s never easy to bring a child into therapy, especially when they may have to come to terms with a disorder and accept that help may be needed. We offer a safe environment for children to speak freely, and enjoy sessions. We mix play therapy, music, and other interactive activities to approach the problem from multiple angles, and build trust.
How Cherry Hill Can Help Your Child
Anxiety in children is often overlooked. By taking initiative and seeking help for your child, you’re already showing your love and commitment to them. Cherry Hill’s staff are relaxed, down-to-earth, and determined to provide the best care for your children. By using approaches such as play therapy, children can feel right at home, and even have fun during a session. They’ll learn about how an anxiety disorder may affect their lives, and various coping mechanisms to reduce anxiety in day-to-day living. Cherry Hill offers children a place to talk honestly, and share their emotions, which is often difficult to do.