There are many reasons why a child’s mental & emotional wellbeing can be affected, and the associated symptoms or behaviours may not always be that obvious to parents.
It’s reassuring for me as a Mummy, to know that it’s actually completely normal for my children (and me) to feel a little anxious in some situations. In fact, this can be helpful – prompting us to find solutions to those problems we might be encountering in our lives at that time.
However, when it starts to affect our children’s ability to cope with day-to-day situations or to engage in activities/interactions that seem enjoyable for most kids of that age, they may need some additional support or professional help.
With anxiety being the most common condition amongst children here are some signs to look out for:
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???? Obsessively focusing on the same worries
???? Tummy aches, nausea & headaches
???? Nail biting & other nervous habits
???? Irritability, agitation & restlessness
???? Struggling to focus & pay attention
???? Excessive need for reassurance
???? Excessive ‘what if’ questions
???? Fatigue on waking or during the day
???? Increased or decrease in appetite
Just because your child displays one of these doesn’t necessarily mean they are suffering with a mental health disorder but if you think the symptoms are becoming persistent and starting to affect their everyday life options include;
⭐ Speak to your GP
⭐ Book a consultation with a trained therapist
⭐ Young Minds parent helpline 0808 802 5544