You’ve noticed your child is often worried or irritable.
Maybe they complain about headaches, stomach aches, or disrupted sleep. If your child is afraid to try new things, continuously questions things, needs reassurance, and is emotional when things are outside of routine, they may be suffering from anxiety.
There are a few different types of anxiety found in children:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is noticed in children that seem to worry too much about basic things like their grades, what to eat, what to wear, relationships, acceptance, and who constantly seek approval and reassurance.
- Separation Disorder is experienced in children separated from a parent or guardian. This is usually seen in younger children or teens whose parents are going through a difficult divorce.
- Social Anxiety Disorder is common in teenagers that are afraid to interact with others in public or participate in public functions like school, church, etc.
Anxiety in teenagers is different. When they worry too much or find it difficult to fit in at school, make friends, or be accepted, they might also be anxious and afraid too.
When would counseling be beneficial?
- If your child seems anxious and irritable for a long period of time
- If they are having difficulty functioning in their daily life, education, and relationships
- If your child is worried about the future and something bad happening
- If tasks are taking a long period of time due to your child wanting it perfect
- If your child is having episodes of sudden intense fear accompanied with heart racing, trouble breathing, sweating, and shaking (a possible panic disorder)
When you come to Sunrise Counseling Services:
- Your child will discover what triggers their anxiety so they can develop strategies to address them.
- They will develop skills to calm themselves when their anxiety surfaces so they can get back to enjoying life.
- Your child will discover their inner power, their voice of reason, and ways to thrive.
With effective treatment and the combined team of a therapist and an involved parent, your child’s anxiety can be managed and they can reach their true potential.