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Children and Anxiety: Causes, Signs, & Coping Mechanisms

When I say the word ‘Children’, a joyous, jolly, and tension-free child comes to our mind.

Do you know that a child can also face anxiety and depression? Yes, that’s right. A child can be suffering from anxiety and depression and you may have no idea about it.

They are not trained verbally in expressing their feelings and that is why the symptoms may be missed.

There are few causes that can lead to anxiety in children and those are: 

  1. Serious illness: If a child is suffering from some serious illness or someone close to the child is suffering this can make a child anxious
  2. Death of someone close to the child: This is the most common symptom because it is really hard for a child to cope up with this loss
  3. Violence: If a child has seen violence in the family, he/she grows as an anxious child for sure because of the fear he/she has been facing for a long time
  4. Abuse: Child abuse is the most frightening trauma, a child can have. This can grow anxiety in children

So, how do you know that a child is suffering is a big question! Monitoring the behavioral changes in the child and comparing the symptoms is necessary. With the help of the following symptoms, you might understand it a bit better:

  1. Lack of concentration: A child when unable to concentrate on routine tasks, then, it is alarming
  2. Lack of sleep: Not sleeping properly and continuously waking up in between is a symptom of anxiety
  3. Change in food habits: When he/she doesn’t eat properly is an alarming symptom
  4. Using the toilet more often: When he/she goes to the toilet more than normal is a sign.
  5. Constant worrying and negative thoughts: It is a prominent symptom that must be watched

I believe there is no problem without solutions. So, if we follow these simple yet effective solutions, we can overcome this issue. 

  1. Talk to your child: When you let your children open their heart out, it helps them to overcome their fear
  2. Tell them that worrying is fine: It is okay to get tensed about certain things but it must not affect regular activities
  3. Give them proper nutrition:  It is seen that children having anxiety often lack vitamin D. Chamomile tea, lemon, etc. can help them to relax
  4. Don’t fight when kids are around: When couples fight in the presence of their child, it affects the child badly. Instead, use polite language and show the happy side of your life. Teach them about the situations you are going through in a way they understand

Children are very easy to mould and can be shaped the way you want them to be. What is important to keep in mind, is the way you present yourself in front of them. With a lot of love, care, and affection we can promise a better future for them.

The blog is contributed by Mansi Sharma.

Author Bio: Mansi Sharma is a post-graduate in biochemistry. She is a passionate blogger and loves to write inspirational stories and informative blogs. She has been researching a lot about people having anxiety and depression for quite some time now. If you like her blog post, do follow her Facebook handle ‘Healing Scars’ and her personal id: Mansi Sharma.

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