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How To Help Your Kids Cope With School-Based Anxiety

November 16, 2018 by Kinetic Kids, Inc.
How To Help Your Kids Cope With School-Based Anxiety [Pediatric Psychology, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Behavior, Emotions, anxiety]

 

 

 


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When and how to seek help.

For your young child experiencing persistent and unrelenting anxiety, look for the signs below. Because they're still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include:
  • Changes in school performance
  • Excessive worry or anxiety beyond their norm
  • Hyperactive or hypoactive behavior
  • Nightmares
  • Aggression, irritability, or increased arguing
  • Frequent temper tantrums
For your adolescent, look for the signs below:
  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable "highs" or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low-energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one's own feelings, behavior, or personality ("lack of insight")
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomachaches, vague and ongoing "aches and pains")
  • Thinking about hurting oneself and/or suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

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Topics: school-aged kids, Anxiety Disorders in Kids, Psychology, neuropsychological assessments

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