Children and Anxiety

Changes in behavior or temperament are common flags that may indicate your child may be experiencing stress and anxious feelings. Some common signs include:

  • Complaints of stomach aches or headaches
  • Sleep problems or difficulty concentrating
  • Behavioral changes, such as moodiness, a short temper, or clinginess
  • Development of a nervous habit, such as nail bitin
  • Refusal to go to school or getting into trouble at school

Anxious feelings can also be caused by a child’s internal feelings and pressures, such as wanting to do well in school or fit in with friends,¬†Some common causes of stress in children include:

  • Big changes in the family
  • Overly-packed ¬†after school activities
  • Self-inflicted pressure
  • Stress caused by something happening within school
  • A terrible news event
  • A scary movie or a book