Most of the time, children do not talk about what worries them openly, unless someone will reach out and ask them. In addition to this, you will just become aware of it after one major mishap. To help you identify if a child is already suffering from anxiety, below are the symptoms:
- Mood swings or sudden change of mood
- A gradual or sudden change in a child’s eating habits (this can be an increase or a decrease of food intake)
- Irritable or dejected mood
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of concentration or lack of focus
- Strong refusal to go to school or sometimes cutting classes
- A sudden drop in their academic performance
- Getting in trouble
- Having troubles in sleeping
- Increase in tantrums or easily getting angry
- Having a feel of worthlessness or hopelessness
- Decrease in self-esteem or being shy even there is no need at all
- Feeling of sadness or sometimes a child cry from a simple or baseless thing
- Loss of energy level
- Staying away from friends or family members
- Does not participate in any social activities
If a child shows some of the symptoms in a short span of time, you do not have to worry about as we define anxiety as a normal human reaction. However, if your child is showing two or more of these symptoms more than two weeks and you could notice an abrupt change towards family, friends and even school, you have to take the initial step and communicate with your child. You have to remember that a child with worries or anxieties does not have the initiative to seek for help because he or she feels unworthy of anyone’s time and attention.
In relation to suicidal thoughts, your child might be recording his or her suicidal thoughts through a diary, a note, and drawings or even on his or her personal blog over the internet. Your child may even post statements or tweets in the social media websites. Worst comes to worst, self-cutting may also be visible on your child’s wrist or thighs. With such cases, invading their privacy or confronting them in a threatening way would not do any good either. Since this is an extremely delicate situation, you need to approach a child in a very subtle way as possible.
If some of these symptoms are visible and you find it unusual that a child is acting strangely, do not ignore these types of things. Make an effort to find out what is really going on with your child before anyone would help him or her, it must be you who should be the first one to reach out. These symptoms of anxiety, if not treated immediately, can lead to not only anxiety disorder but also depression.