catsIs my child anxious?

Anxiety is a normal human experience; it helps protect us by alerting us to danger, and can even help us perform better in stressful situations. All children experience some anxiety, and most kids have some specific fears that differ in content as they grow older. Many childhood fears disappear naturally over time. However, if anxiety is beginning to disrupt a child’s ability to function, it is important for the child to learn skills to manage these feelings so that he/she can continue to move through the many challenges and tasks of childhood. You may want to consider treatment if your child is experiencing:

  • Fears that persist beyond the age when they are appropriate.
  • Fears that are interfering with their functioning (sleep, school performance, social activities, family life).
  • Constant or pervasive fears that are more general in nature; feeling “keyed up”, highly alert, or even hypervigilant.
  • Avoidance behaviors, excessive discomfort, or physical complaints like a rapid heart rate, upset stomach, sweaty palms, tense muscles, or shaking/trembling.

Below are links to brief descriptions of the common anxiety disorders we treat at the Child Anxiety Center: