3 Signs Your Child Might Have Anxiety
All parents can agree that they only want the best for their children. They want them to be healthy, strong, curious, and a million other positive attributes. But what do you do as a caretaker when you suspect your child might be having irrational reactions and responses to daily life . . . when you think they might be experiencing anxiety. And not just "normal" amounts of anxiety (say some jitters leading up to back-to-school season), but enough that it's started to get your attention and make you question whether or not it's time to see a therapist or child psychologist. Since it can be challenging for most people — let alone a child — to describe what it feels like to have anxious thoughts, we reached out to Dr. Kirsten Cullen Sharma, a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist based in New York for some guidance.
"Anxiety is clinical condition, so in order to have an anxiety disorder a child must meet criteria for clinical significance," Sharma explained. "In these cases, anxiety impairs a child's normal (or would-be normal) functioning on a daily bases."
While there are a number of behaviors associated with anxiety, here are three big signs Sharma said you can look for that might indicate your child has anxiety.