Child anxiety disorders are something that all parents have to face, and although there are some cases where it can be attributed to abusive or negligent behavior of a parent, the vast majority of the cases involve a lack of proper parenting. Anxiety disorders in children are often labeled as “inattentional disorder” for a similar reason: a child with such symptoms will tend to not pay attention, leading to his or her behavior being inappropriate. This type of disorder can be very difficult to treat, as it has many different causes and it can be difficult to determine which one is the root cause. That said, there is a way to identify them, and that is through behavioral therapy. By working with a qualified behavioral therapist, you and your child can work towards creating an anxiety disorder free future.
If you are interested in learning more about this form of treatment, then please read the next paragraph carefully. The author of this article continues to work closely with many parents of children with various types of anxiety disorders. This includes both anxiety from traumatic events in their life and children suffering from generalized anxiety. As a result, he has become intimately familiar with how these problems affect a child, and he has developed a system to help parents identify and treat them.
Children have various feelings and fears. Some of them are often caused by fear or the threat of pain. Some are caused by excitement or the thought of a reward. Some are caused by other factors such as boredom, loneliness or a need to stick with one’s group or familiar behaviors. But regardless of the cause, children who exhibit normal anxiety disorder symptoms will have fears and behaviors that are out of proportion to their normal anxiety level.
It’s important to remember that children have these normal fears and behaviors because it’s part of their survival instincts. When we are faced with a threatening situation, our body prepares to fight or flight. In these cases, the flight or fight response causes our heart rate and nervous system to work at a much higher level. Once this response is underway, the brain’s thought processes begin to speed up and our thinking becomes hyper-sensitive. It’s the hyper-sensitiveness to the stimuli that causes us to have anxiety disorders and the inability to control these behaviors.
Dr. Lebowitz gives his patients a list of symptoms and normal anxiety disorders so they can be familiarized with them. But he also will prescribe medications to treat the patient’s underlying mental health issues. The medications are designed to calm a child, lower his heart rate and provide relief from the overwhelming feelings and behaviors. In many cases, these medications are the solution to a child with normal anxiety disorders.
When looking for medications used to treat children with anxiety disorders, you may want to consider the ones prescribed by Dr. Lebowitz. For example, he gives his patients amitriptyline, which he describes as an antipsychotic drug that helps to manage panic attacks, agitated states and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Lithium carbonate is another medication he prescribes to calm nervous systems and reduce fear and anxiety. And, pentoxifylline treats abnormal thoughts and fears, which are often the cause of adult anxiety problems.