I read a brilliant article on the Hey Sigmund site.
Karen Young writes about children’s and teens anxiety and how to help them turn it around. I found this really interesting since we’ve dealt with it in our home too.
Young writes that ”anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful.”
She points out that ”we already know that anxiety has nothing to do with strength, courage or character. It picks a target and it switches on. When that target is a child or teen, it can be particularly distressing, causing problems with sleeping, eating and missed school from unexplained illnesses such as sick tummies or headaches.
One of the worst things about anxiety is the way it can happen without any identifiable cause. The physical feeling is familiar – that panicked feeling that comes for example when you miss a stair.”
According to Karen Young the good news is that anxiety in kids is very treatable. She thinks that ”often we adults don’t give children enough credit. They’re so open to possibility, and very quick to make the right connections when they’re given the right information and support. ” She encourages us, the adults in our children’s life to help them overcome the challenging feelings of anxiety.