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Stress and its management in children

Anxiety in children can affect their thinking and behavior. They feel anxious and can become lonely. There are various reasons why children develop anxiety.

Are your children unable to socialize because of anxiety? Your child is anxious and cannot lead an everyday life like normal children. There are various factors that can cause anxiety in children.

What are the causes of anxiety in children?

Do you know Serotonin and dopamine are two important neurotransmitters that, when depleted, can cause anxiety in children? It is hard for parents to believe that children actually have some anxiety. But children have certain concerns and you should know exactly what they are.

As a parent, you too can be the cause of your child’s anxiety. If you are anxious, the child may be anxious too. Just as a child inherits your hair color or eye color, so can a child inherit anxiety. If you feel anxious when you are around the child, he/she will too.

Additionally, any traumatic event such as an accident, death, loss of a loved one, health crisis, divorce, or violence with a child can also increase anxiety in children.

Being bullied, being shamed, arguing with parents, frequently changing schools and homes, or being mistreated can also cause anxiety in children.

These concerns are very common in children. Your child is definitely not acting any different. But you should know in time that this anxiety is bothering them.

Learn about the symptoms of anxiety in children:

Physical symptoms may include rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, tremors, fatigue, sweating, and muscle aches. Emotional symptoms can include speech problems, irritability, depression, loneliness, lack of concentration, refusal to go to school and rude behavior, stress, worry, fear, and anxiety.

How to manage anxiety disorders in children? Counseling: As a parent, you need to take responsibility for the child’s mental health and opt for counseling to learn about the causes of anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This may allow the child to better manage anxiety by changing his/her behavior

Medicine: This medicine is prescribed when he/she suffers from persistent and severe anxiety which cannot be managed even after taking therapy. Note that medicines should be taken only on the advice of a specialist.

Give your children lots of love. As a parent, you need to be calm and gentle with your child as they learn from you. Teach your child to solve problems instead of stressing or worrying. Discourage violent behavior, and fear of situations or objects and solve their problems in a timely manner. Spend some time with the children. Help them do some activities they enjoy. Playing sports, dancing, cooking or gardening is possible. Try to spend some quality time with the kids, and take them on vacations to relax, and they will surely recover.

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