Anxiety is a fact of life. It can even serve as a protection, but there are cases where anxiety is a detriment. Mental health experts have noted that very young children are suffering from anxiety disorders. How can you help your child cope with anxiety?

Is It Just A Phase?

There are plenty of reasons for a child to be anxious, and this can make it difficult to discern whether their child is having growing pains or a health problem. Doctor’s gauge whether or not there is a disorder by the extent to which the anxiety impacts quality of life.

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How much does anxiety cause the course of the child’s life to differ from what would be considered normal? For example, many children experience anxiety over speaking in class. A child who has an anxiety disorder might become violently ill or skip school because of having to give an oral report.

See A Doctor

A parent who has concerns is wise to consult a doctor to determine how much treatment a child will need. For children and adults, cognitive behavioral therapy is the gold standard for treatment of anxiety.

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This therapy teaches a child how to think through anxious moments. With time, a very anxious child can learn to manage the disorder so that it does not let to panic attacks and other stress-related health problems.In more serious cases, medication is also used to control anxiety.

Be A Role Model

Parents should become familiar with the thinking patterns their child learns. Make a habit of verbally applying these methods within the family.  Lead by example.

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Teach coping mechanisms just as ABCs are taught. Make it normal and fun to cope. Help children to understand that anxiety is an illness that can be treated, just like a cut or a cold.