Probably you might’ve noticed your kids or perhaps you find yourself unnecessarily worrying
about certain things that you’ve no business worrying about or control over.
Things like; what will happen in the future or you‘re always anticipating
disaster or the fear of the unknown, or you are excessively worried about
things such as family, friends, school, etc. Chances are, you or your kid may have Anxiety.
In this article, I will be looking at the symptoms of anxiety, the danger of anxiety, and how to help kids with anxiety.
But before that, let me give a brief definition of anxiety.
Anxiety: as defined by Anxiety.com is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or
unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event.
Anxiety can begin early in life, and Childhood anxiety is one of the most significant mental health problems of our time,
according to the National Institute of mental health, one in five children will experience some
kind of clinical level of Anxiety by the time they reach adolescence.
That’s an alarming statistic and due to the serious nature of mental health-related
illnesses like anxiety, the united nation sets a day aside in commemoration of mental
health, in a bid to raise awareness of the danger of mental-related illnesses.
One might naturally or curiously ask why is anxiety on the increase, and what causes it to be prevalent?
According to experts in the field of clinical psychology and psychiatry, experiencing intermittent anxiety is a normal part of life,
Which is due to worry about things such as; high career expectations, societal acceptance, school performance, health,
money, and family problems, However, anxiety can be dangerous and life-threatening, especially when it’s
left unchecked, with that said, let’s look at some dangers of anxiety.
The Dangers of Anxiety: when anxiety becomes extreme, it can lead to alcohol or drug abuse, depression or suicidal thoughts
and behaviors, frequently emotional and physical health issues, and the inability to function socially.
This can be frustrating and a cause for concern, especially to parents whose kids are experiencing alife-threatening form of anxiety,
but as challenging as it might be, all hope is not lost because anxiety is treatable and one of the ways of treating it is
through spotting the symptoms early. Here are some common symptoms of anxiety;
· Change in appetite (increase or decrease)
· Recent weight fluctuations without any intent
· Physical pain (shoulder, neck, jaw)
· Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
· Biting nails, picking scalp, pulling out hair
· Rapid heart rate, feeling flushed
· Excessive worry and difficulty concentrating
· Restlessness or Agitation
After spotting these symptoms, the next phase is to find a treatment, according to mental health professionals,
Anxiety can be treated through psychotherapy and medications.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most effective form of psychotherapy for
anxiety disorders. Generally, a short-term treatment that focuses on teaching
you specific skills to improve your symptoms and gradually return to the
activities you've avoided because of anxiety
CBT includes exposure therapy, in which you gradually encounter the object or situation that triggers your anxiety
so you build confidence that you can manage the situation and anxiety symptoms, also self-care can be
therapeutic in anxiety treatment.
Self-care: tips that may be helpful in mild or less- serious anxiety cases:
· Be physically active. Develop a routine so that you and your kids are physically
active most days of the week. Exercise is a powerful stress reducer. It may improve your mood and help you stay healthy.
Start out slowly and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.
· Ensure that your kids get enough sleep, do what you can to make sure you all are getting enough sleep to feel rested.
· Eat well-balanced diets, such as focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fish.
· Practice relaxation techniques
Several types of medications can be used to relieve symptoms, depending on the type of anxiety disorder your kids or you might have and
whether you also have other mental or physical health issues. For example:
· Certain antidepressants are also used to treat anxiety
· An anti-anxiety medication called buspirone may be prescribed.
· In limited circumstances, your doctor may prescribe other types of medications, such as sedatives, also called benzodiazepines or beta-blockers.
These medications are for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms and are not
intended to be used long term.
See a doctor immediately if you Noticed any of the following in your kids;
· Suicidal thoughts
· panic attack
summary; I believe if you follow or practice the recommendation in this article you'll help your kids or even yourself
deal with anxiety.
Wednesday 22 June, 2022