Des Moines, IA

Could My Child Have Anxiety?

One in eight children are affected by anxiety disorders. In general, it is very common for children to go through phases of anxiety, but those that have true anxiety disorders need more support and treatment to assure a productive and happy life.

Research has shown that children with anxiety who go untreated perform poorly in school, are more susceptible to engage in drug abuse, and miss out important social experiences.1

Young boy hugging his mothers legEarly detection and treatment can help children learn to manage and overcome their anxiety. Unfortunately, 60% of children diagnosed with an anxiety disorder do not seek treatment.

So how do you identify if your child is just going through a normal, temporary anxiety phase or if he or she has a true anxiety disorder?

A temporary anxiety phase is usually related to a specific experience encountered, such as watching a scary movie, not getting picked by friends to play, etc. These usually can be supported at home with a little extra attention, comfort, and reassurance.

A true anxiety disorder can be difficult to identify because of other factors including general development, learning disabilities, and other disorders, such as ADHD. While they may be hard to detect, the following are some signs that could mean an anxiety disorder:

  • Poor focus
  • Agitation
  • Difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next, such as from school to a sports activity
  • Having high expectations
  • Crying, tantrums, and meltdowns
  • Avoidance such as using excuses not to do something
  • Restlessness

Many times these symptoms will become more consistent and reactions become more intense, often becoming debilitating for the child and frustrating for the parent. This is when you should seek out medical help to help him or her learn how to manage their anxiety symptoms, and you as a parent, learn how to support their needs. One study conducted found that answering two simple questions could help identify potential anxiety disorders in children. Check those out here.

Click here for some great tips on helping manage anxiety.

Farrells Martial Arts Kicker LogoTKD Tip: Keep communication with your child open so they always feel comfortable telling you what’s wrong. Many times we read into why children act one way when the true reason is something completely different. Share with them your feelings and allow them to open up about theirs.

Location Info

Beaverdale School         Waukee School
2706 Beaver Ave.            215 N. Warrior Lane
Des Moines, IA 50310       Waukee, IA 50263
515-255-0095                  515-978-3000