Having anxiety as a child is completely normal and a part of development. Babies start with separation anxiety when they begin to be aware of what is around them. It should be temporary and not continue long term.
Of course, sometimes anxiety that is natural can grow into something more harmful. It can make it hard for children to have a normal life. It can affect their sleep, school, or even making friends.
If anxiety in a child is continuous and can’t be helped with simple comfort, then they may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can affect children and their lives and should be treated appropriately.
Types Of Anxiety Disorders In Children:-
Generalised Anxiety Disorder:
This disorder in children shows as extreme worry or fear about things that shouldn’t cause those emotions. They include school, grades, or family. It can mean they can’t stop thinking about impending problems or death the same way they might obsess over being on time.
Separation Anxiety Disorder:
Toddlers have separation anxiety quite regularly. It can start when a parent leaves the room and continue when they leave them for school or daycare. Sometimes it escalates even as they get older, and that’s when it is a problem.
They may have issues going to school or sleeping alone at night. They might have the irrational fear that something bad might happen if they aren’t with their parent.
Children might have uncontrollable obsessive thoughts. They might need rituals to feel calm and secure. They might have compulsions and have to do things even if it causes stress or anxiety because it will be worse if they don’t do it.
They might spend too much time with these rituals or compulsions. They may feel something terrible will happen if they don’t perform them and it can feel awful constantly.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
PTSD can occur in children after they see or have a traumatic experience. It can be normal to be scared or have anxiety after something like a car accident or a robbery. But if it continues and affects them deeply it can develop into PTSD. These children may have trouble sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, depression, or keep seeing the moment in their head over and over. They might reenact the event when playing. They may not act normal or want to be around people the way they used to.