Anxiety (sometimes known as worry) is the body’s psychological and physiological response to a real or perceived danger. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and is useful in keeping us safe and encouraging us to do our best, but when that anxiety persists and begins to affect a child's ability to attend school, interact with their family and friends, sleep and/or eat, then your child may be suffering with an anxiety disorder.
The symptoms of anxiety disorder include:
- Avoidance of everyday situations or activities
- Persistent worry/sense that something bad is going to occur
- Sudden, unexpected panic attacks
- frequent illnesses with no apparent cause
- Inability to concentrate
- Physical symptoms including headaches,dizziness or tummy pains
- Preoccupation with perfection
- A heightened need for reassurance or approval
- A specific phobia
- Selective mutism (not talking in specific situations)
- Inappropriate behaviour such as tantrums or excessive crying
There are six major types of anxiety disorders:
generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Helping your child with anxiety
The good news is there is something you can do to help reduce and even eliminate your child’s anxiety and NETwork Interventions has worked successfully with a great many children suffering with anxiety disorders.
Applied Behaviour Analysis is one of the most effective ways of helping children overcome anxiety and regain control of their life.
Following an in depth assessment of your child, we will recommend a strategy to help your child. We will talk you through the results you can expect to see from our intervention, along with the time scales and costs involved.
Whatever support your child needs you can rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way; our highly-qualified behaviour analysts and psychologists will equip you and your child with the skills, knowledge and confidence to dramatically reduce your child’s anxiety levels.
Did you know?
A lot of children, and adults, get treated for physical symptoms of anxiety such as persistent stomach cramps or headaches? Often these are physical symptoms of anxiety and if untreated are likely to get worse and will not go away.