Statistics suggest that as many as 30% of our children are likely to develop problems with anxiety. It can surface at any time, but research suggests that the most common age is 6 years old.
When I was an anxious kid, one of the symptoms of anxiety that went unrecognized was stomach pain. I complained about it a lot, and was taken to doctors, who found nothing wrong.
My son, on the other hand, had hidden anxiety that showed up in other ways. Most often, it was behavior problems that didn't go away. That sweet face would promise, but be unable to deliver.
And I couldn't figure out what was going on at the time. I have great regret about that, but when you don't know, you don't know.
So let's talk about common anxiety symptoms and the ones that can be much less obvious.
"Anxiety can be a masterful imposter. In children, it can sway away from the more typical avoidant, clingy behaviour and show itself as tantrums, meltdowns and aggression. When children are under the influence of an anxious brain, their behaviour has nothing to do with wanting to push against the limits. They are often great kids who don’t want to do the wrong thing, but they are being driven by a brain in high alert." - Karen, at HeySigmund.com
I'm an author, child meditation facilitator, spiritual director, healer & homeschooling mom.
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