Common Signs of Childhood Anxiety
If you're concerned about your child’s behavior, don’t hesitate to contact us for help. Children often outgrow these thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on their own, but if they persist or create disruption in your family life, we can help find solutions.
Signs of anxiety can appear at any age, and may include:
- Extreme discomfort or fear of sleeping alone, going to school, having a new babysitter, going to birthday parties or on play dates, or participating in after-school programs. We can evaluate whether treatment might help your child manage these fears.
- Painful shyness with peers (although not with parents or siblings), fear of giving oral reports, lacking friends of the same age, or refusal to play sports for fear of someone laughing at his or her performance. This type of anxiety -- called social anxiety -- most often appears around school age, and teachers are often a good resource for recognizing when this may be present. Our team can work with your child to identify strategies to help them increase their confidence and comfort in interacting with peers.
- Intense worry on a range of issues, from a parent’s health or financial situation to severe weather, to getting admitted to college. We can help manage the constant worry associated with generalized anxiety that can lead to poor sleep, irritability, and problems with concentration.