There are steps you can take to ensure that your child is free from anxiety. Anxiety is currently the number one psychological health issue facing children today. If left untreated, it can lead to behavioral problems such as conduct disorder and substance abuse.
As a parent, you may think that you are doing all you can to treat your anxiety and promote self-esteem in your child. This is absolutely true. However, there are other issues that need to be addressed along with anxiety. First and foremost, we must address the fact that childhood is the age in which the brain starts developing and maturing.
During the pre-school years, problems such as anxiety are most likely to manifest. The reason for this is because the child is unable to express himself and his feelings. Many parents have witnessed their children’s initial resistance to social situations; however, many of these children grow out of this when they enter school. While it is important that your child’s early experiences give him a sense of who he is and what he needs in terms of security, you cannot neglect the development of your child’s cognitive and emotional abilities.
For some children, dealing with anxiety comes naturally as they learn how to cope with the changes taking place in their lives. As a result, their anxiety is kept at bay while they go through the early stages of childhood. Unfortunately, for other’s anxiety becomes a serious problem and can begin to interfere with their lives. During this time, it can have a negative impact on school performance, social relationships, and self-confidence.
During the teenage years and early adulthood, anxiety is often handled by your teenager through self-help programs. Unfortunately, many of these programs fail to mention the fact that the cause of their problem lies much deeper than that. You might be surprised to find that adult anxiety comes from childhood traumas. For instance, unresolved conflicts and bullying in childhood left lasting effects on the individual. The victim can live with intense fear for years and never find peace. If left unchecked, the anxiety will manifest itself in adulthood as severe cases of depression, substance abuse, and other disorders such as alcoholism.
In order to ensure that your child grows up happy and healthy, you must be proactive in dealing with his anxiety. If you are having difficulty with your child, it might be a good idea to consult a child therapist. There are also numerous online resources to help your child through this difficult time. In addition, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers online blogs and forums in which parents can express their concerns or thoughts. By freeing your child from anxiety you can help your child grow into a strong, confident, and successful adult.