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Childhood Anxiety Disorder – When Should a Parent Be Concerned?

By Guest Author On February 14, 2011 Under Improve Your Self Esteem, Self Improvement

Even though we want our children to be happy, we accept that life has its ups and downs and they’ll have to learn to handle the negative side of the emotional spectrum. No parent expects their child to go through life without experiencing some negative feelings. It’s also true that a childhood anxiety disorder is definitely not desirable.

As parents, we need to help our children learn to become effective at dealing with anxiety provoking situations. We certainly don’t want them to go through life crippled with fear.
Of course anxiety disorders affect adults as well as children. The fact that these problems have become so common in kids is a sad commentary on our world.

To begin with a definition, anxiety is distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune. Notice that it’s a state of mind caused by a possible bad outcome, not anything that has really happened.
Some degree of nervousness and anxiety is normal, natural and to be expected in some situations. Any time we face a major challenge or change where there’s a chance that something might go wrong we might understandably be a little bit anxious as we face it.

At some point anxiety crosses over from being a normal, appropriate response to being a problem. When that happens, what used to be a reasonable response has become a problem – an anxiety disorder.

A major indicator that normal anxiety has become an anxiety disorder is when the child has difficulty participating in normal activities, even activities that children generally find enjoyable. If a child is so anxious they can’t live normally, we need to do our best to help them.

The challenge for a parent is that it’s difficult to maintain a clear perspective because they’re so close to the child. Talking about the situation with close family members, professionals such as the child’s pediatrician and teachers, and close friends can help the parent maintain objective perspective.

 
It’s also good idea to educate yourself. You will benefit from visiting Childhood Anxiety Disorder to learn the major categories of anxiety problems. This is information I think every parent should be aware of.

There are also anxiety disorder symptoms to learn about.

Perhaps more importantly if you’re concerned that your child already has an anxiety disorder you definitely should look at the Anxiety Free Child Review

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