School can be extremely overwhelming at times, and as a result, many children will experience anxiety. In some cases, the stress that is experienced is resolved, but in other cases, children will develop what is known as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders have the ability to impact a child's performance in and out of the classroom as well as how they interact with other people. Therefore, it is crucial that you be familiar with the signs of a potential anxiety disorder in children. Here are three common symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Sign #1: Constant Stress
If you notice that your child is under constant stress, having concerns about things, fearing school assignments or social situations, then there is a good chance that your child has an anxiety disorder. If your child is able to continue to go to school and attend class, then your child may benefit from outpatient therapy. However, when your child is go beat down with the stress that he or she is unable to attend class or dismisses homework assignments, your child may need more focused care as well as medication.
Sign #2: Changes in Mood
If your child is normally active and outgoing and suddenly becomes shy, quiet, and shows a lack of enthusiasm toward activities and friends, he or she may be dealing with social anxiety. In some cases, your child may experience panic attacks when he or she is faced with certain triggers or forced into a situation that he or she finds uncomfortable. This particular type of condition will vary from one individual to the next, but it is important to focus on your child's mood and any changes that may occur with his or her behavior. Try to talk to your child about any issues that he or she may be having to lighten the load on your child's shoulders.
Sign #3: Trepidation to Attend Activities
There are many things that will go through your child's mind as an anxiety disorder develops. The disorder will become more overwhelming, which will cause your child to show more trepidation toward attending extracurricular activities like student organizations and sports. If you are trying to encourage your child to participate in these activities and events when you didn't need to before, then you may need to speak to a professional.
For more information about anxiety disorders, reach out to a professional anxiety therapist in your area.