Anxiety & kids: we're seeing it across all ages
There are different forms of anxiety, and as parents, it's important we understand what it looks like.
There's this fear of detaching, where these were extrovert kids who loved being with their friends, loved being outside.
I have two questions top of mind regarding anxiety in kids. Number one, are you seeing an increase in anxiety?
And then what suggestions do you have for families and parents and kids? Anxiety has been on the rise.
And we're seeing it across all ages. And I think what we need, and I've been saying this from the beginning, is we need consistency.
Because when kids feel in control and there's consistency, they feel safe. So I think with anxiety in younger children,
for example, I just want families to be aware of what it looks like-- aggressive behavior and also in forms of physical symptoms.
In teenagers, it can look a little bit different. I have three kids. So my older one who's almost 16, who's also an extrovert
and loves being with her friends, and also for my patients saying the same thing is this feeling of, I'm so tired.
Like, just the thought that I have to do so much, or just the thought that I have to now socialize is so tiring.
So internally they do want to do it, but I think once they're in it, it's really hard. So there's different forms of anxiety that can present.
And I think what's important is, as parents, that we keep our eyes open, that we understand what it looks like, and that we are aware of the physical symptoms,
the emotional symptoms, and cognitive symptoms that can present. And, of course, we will get through this together, but we do have to have more conversations than we used to,
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