According to researchers, anxious children are more likely to be submissive and therefore their worries tend to be overlooked. As such, parents should be attentive to their kids’ worries, create a list of their worries, observe their kids’ behavior in social situations; i.e. parties, pool, play grounds, and understand their kids’ anxiety rather than ignoring it and/or assuming their worries will go away as they grow older.
If you see that your child is avoiding activities and performances, is constantly concerned about negative thoughts such as losing a parent or a loved one, or is preoccupied with checking, tapping, and washing, it is time for your child to deal with his/her anxiety in a healthier way.
You can also look for the physical symptoms of anxiety such as insomnia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomachache, headache, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue. At school, anxiety negatively affects test performance, learning, and social interactions.
While observing your kid struggling with anxiety is heart breaking, the good news is that once your kid is given the time and space to deal with his anxious thoughts and feelings, he could find his way out of it and start enjoying his childhood.
Don’t wait till he is a teenager! Call us now and book an appointment with one of our art therapists in Montreal.
By:Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist