Although we are quite familiar with anxiety and anxiety symptoms in our adulthood, these feelings may not be so well understood in our child and adolescent years.
It does however exist much to most adult’s beliefs. In the following context we are going to be exploring…
- Kids and Anxiety (what is it all about)
- Kids Anxiety Symptoms
- Seperation Anxiety
- Attending school with an anxiety disorder
- High school and Anxiety
- Coping with Anxiety and School
Anxiety and Kids – A Look Into The Unfamiliar
Anxiety in kids’ absolutely exists. People assume that kids’ cannot have any worries as their only focus is to have fun and be a kid.
Play, hang out with friends, go to school, go on fun trips, go to the park, play with toys, and ultimately not have to do any work, pay any bills, or cook any meals. However, this is not the case, children can have anxiety as well.
Children’s anxiety develops from different learning means based on their age. If they are in elementary school, perhaps their anxiety is them struggling to learn to read.
Maybe they are nervous about making friends and talking to people if they are the shyer types. A lot of childhood anxiety stems from some dysfunction from the life skilled to be learned at that particular age.
Coming up to middle school and high school, it’s all about fitting in. Kids can be cruel and very honest when they don’t like someone or something they do.
Bullying can cause a lot of anxiety for the victims but also, internally the bully is demonstrating that behavior based on their own neglects and worries about wanting to fit in.
These are the years that kids’ just care about friends and fitting in. Therefore, social anxiety can tend to rise in these years.
As a teenager you don’t know yourself and what you like or don’t like and it is your time to figure that out, but there is this necessary pressure to act like you do know everything.
Diving into adulthood can be scary. The school systems do not do enough to work with kids’ in figuring out their strengths and opening their minds to the possibilities that can be ahead for them.
Overall, anxiety can stem from younger days and continue well throughout childhood.
Anxiety: Kids Symptoms
A comprehensive list of anxiety symptoms can be found <<HERE>>. However, additional symptoms specific to children suffering from anxiety are as follows…
- Stomach aches or headaches
- Frequent mood changes
- Distracted and difficulty concentrating
- Problems with toileting in younger children
- Needing more affection, throwing tantrums
- Frequent nightmares and sleep problems
- Unable to effectively communicate
- Not socializing with other students and friends
- Problems with school work, failing grades
- Involvement with rough kids’ and activity (gang activity)
- Abuse of alcohol, drugs, sex and other addictive behaviors
Separation anxiety is one of the more known types of anxiety that any parent may be familiar with. It is an anxiety when an individual is separated from home or specific people.
It can occur in adulthood but is most often seen in small children from about 8 months old to 2 years old. Some However, can show symptoms of separation anxiety when starting grade school or high school.
If children are left to fend for themselves and the separation anxiety is left untreated, anxiety and depression can develop that are carried over into adulthood. It is a wrong mentality to have to tell your kids’ to toughen up and “what’s the big deal?”
separation anxiety leads to social anxiety in teenage years. Social anxiety and kids’ can be detrimental to learning and brain function as people are naturally social creatures and need to learn, to socialize from a young age. Social anxiety can be further read about <<HERE>>.
Separation anxiety and social anxiety can make everyday tasks difficult. Socialization is important throughout school as kids’ can turn to their peers for help with school work and projects.
They can turn to other students in order to attend school functions and school extra-curricular activities and keep students off the streets and out of trouble.
Teenage years are a vulnerable time and socialization with peers can help teenagers figure themselves out and put them at ease.
School with Anxiety Disorder
Going to school with an anxiety disorder can be difficult. Kids feel pressure to maintain good grades in school and all while attempting to gain popularity among peers.
With social anxiety, school can be even more challenging, disturbing learning, interaction, class participation, and focus.
These deep feelings rooted with a sense of loneliness and lack of solid friendships, it is no wonder that school shootings are on a rise in the U.S.
Having anxiety and attending school can affect learning and focus. It can lead to failure and lack of interest and confidence.
It is important to keep a good positive energy on learning and bettering ourselves throughout our schooling.
If not done in these years, who is to say what might become of someone when they learn to not care anymore for their education.
This is also why it is important to have a strong school system as well. Teachers that will care for their students and have passion and patience to hear all their students out and see their needs.
For appropriate school functions and activities to be implemented that gets students excited to join and attend.
To formulate a good healthcare system within school that promote healthy living. To have helpful guides and guidance counselors to lend a helping hand in the right direction.
High School Anxiety
Anxiety is the leading cause of mental illness and is something that has been felt by everyone at some point in their life, even if they are not sufferers.
Rather than addressing the issues causing the anxiety, which so many of them tend to begin within childhood, it is easier for critics to discredit the disease all together.
Putting out shows on popular streams like Netflix and YouTube that state that anxiety is not a real thing.
If it not a real thing, why do so many people feel the same way? Why do so many people suffer? school shootings should be proof enough that anxiety among children and adolescents does exist.
The amount of shootings that occur in America from young people have become something of a normality in the country. There is a force greater than these beings committing the act that is pushing them down that road.
It is the unresolved issues of anxiety and depression over time, expanding and broadening out, to trigger the start of other mental health issues like psychopathic tendencies.
Although it is hard to understand the human mind and what causes mental illness, much research indicates that uncontrolled stress is the first thing to trigger it.
High school is a difficult time. It is a time to learn who we are in the world as people, exploring our bodies and watching them change through puberty, learning about sex and/or experiencing it, and having the pressure of feeling like we have to have our whole lives figured out as to what we want to learn in college, to get us a degree that we can use to live for the rest of our lives.
However, as parents it is important to continue to talk to our teenagers as difficult as it may be. Help them when they don’t ask for help without being pushy and giving them the sense that they are not in control of their lives.
As teenagers, continue to engage with loved ones and peers. You don’t have to know everything and the reality is you don’t, and that is okay.
There is always help with whatever struggle you may be experiencing, and throughout high school and I am sure there are plenty struggles.
How to Cope with Anxiety in School
A comprehensive list of coping strategies that can be followed are as listed <<<<<HERE>>>>>.
As a parent or teacher be intuitive. Look at each child independently and know that what one may be feeling may differ from the next for the exact same scenario.
Recognize the importance of childhood as the fundamental building blocks of behavior and personality in adulthood.
Children are observant and can sense when things are wrong and when you are hiding negative energy like constant bickering between parents and family strife.
Do not assume what is best for them by maintaining toxic environments, sometimes sacrifice is needed to ensure their safety and well-being.
Sometimes divorce, debt repayment, cutting people out of your life is the answer but you are too afraid to allow it to happen.
If you have been trying to fix your broken marriage for years and there is turmoil with your significant other, both parties and the kids’ would be better off with you two apart. The kids’ mood and stress is put to the test knowing their parents are not happy and hiding secrets.
As a kid and adolescent, always remember there is help and there are always people to reach out to when dealing with anxiety. Most schools have implemented help lines for students with stress and mental illness issues.
Some schools may have nurses on site who are also trained to assist with mental health needs too. School councilors help with the anxiety experienced regarding your future and help propel you in the right direction.
Enjoy these precious years and have fun with them. There are so many years to be lived as a grown adult and not enough years to enjoy your youth and live freely.
A fulfilled life leads ultimately to happiness rather than material possessions, money, or success. Make everlasting memories.
Further Coping strategies click <<<<<HERE>>>>>.