Anxiety is a natural reaction that happens whenever we perceive an immediate danger or a threat. Usually, it can manifest physically or emotionally and it is triggered when you worry about some things that might go wrong. Anxiety is a normal sensation, and even the bravest experienced it at least once in their life. This can happen to children too, and they can get anxious when they are facing a new situation or whenever they have to speak in front of a crowd. Normally, it helps them become more careful and give their best. But what happens when anxiety is so overwhelming that they cannot focus anymore, and the fear of failure becomes a fear of even trying? This means that we should worry about an anxiety disorder.
Types of anxiety disorder in toddlers
Worrying about uncontrollable daily life events
Anxiety disorder in a toddler is a very sensitive topic, mostly because they are still young, still learning things and they won’t know how to manage this problem on themselves. A generalized anxiety disorder in a toddler usually manifests by the child worrying about uncontrollable daily life events. These worries include among others, constant fear of being late, fear of failure, a strong concern that everything will go wrong from now on, and even an unjustified fear of dying or losing his/her loved ones.
Another common form of anxiety disorder in a toddler is the social anxiety
This manifests by an intense fear of social situations, and children have a constant feeling that everybody is watching them and they will be negatively judged afterward. Like the generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety is not justified by a certain situation, and it appears without any certain reason. Because of it, the child will avoid joining group activities, going to public events or parties, speaking their mind and in extreme cases even going to school because of the social pressure that he/she is feeling.
Still, is normal for a toddler to experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms, without actually having an anxiety disorder. So, as a parent, whenever you notice that your child has any of those symptoms you should not think the worst. Instead, you should try and communicate with him and ask him when this problem started and if it happens often. Normally is just something that will go by itself.
When to see a doctor
In case the problem persists, and the child has constant and unjustified fears, you should approach the situation in a supportive way and to talk openly with him/her about the symptoms. Also, you should seek help from a specialist. The anxiety disorders in children are very common, so there are a lot of mental health professionals specialized in this condition. Depending on the child’s symptoms, a therapist can create a treatment plan in which he helps the child visualize the problem and teach him/her how to overcome it. In some situations, medication is part of the treatment for anxiety. In conclusion, if you just found out that your child has an anxiety disorder, you shouldn’t be stressed because it’s a common condition which, with the help of a specialist can be easily cured.