Some anxiety and worry is a normal part of growing up, but if your child is suffering from debilitating symptoms that are interfering with school or other areas of life, it may be time to consider a consultation for professional help. Phobias and extreme shyness may also become difficult roadblocks that can challenge even the most skilled an patient parents. In children, anxiety can manifest differently than in adults. Although excessive worry or fixation on future events is common, children are also more likely act irritable or to complain of physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches. Children may also refuse to speak in social situations outside of the home.
How can therapy help?
When searching for help for a child, finding a therapist who has been properly trained in age-appropriate diagnosis and treatment is important. Using child-friendly activities, the therapist will help the child put his/her fears into context and develop and practice skills to deal with generalized or social anxiety appropriately. As part of treatment, the therapist will also discuss coping skills and strategies with the child’s parents. A therapist can also provide documentation in the event that the child needs special accommodations at school.