Common Symptoms of Child Anxiety

Growing up is hard work, and it’s bound to be stressful from time to time. But what happens when a healthy amount of stress turns into chronic stress and anxiety? Childhood anxiety can sometimes be difficult to identify. Fortunately, once it is identified, there are abundant resources for both parents and children like South Coast Community Services! In today’s post, we’re providing parents with a few common signs that you can look for if you are worried that your child is experiencing anxiety. Keep reading to learn more and reach out to South Coast Community services any time for help and resources.

Male child looking concerned.

Excessive Worry and Anxiousness

This first sign of childhood anxiety is a little easier to spot in some children than others. Everyone experiences and expresses anxiety symptoms differently, but if you pay attention, there are some hints you should be able to pick up on. Your child may outright say that they are stressed and worried. Some stress is normal and healthy, but if you notice or they mention that they are stressed practically all of the time, this is where it becomes childhood anxiety and is detrimental.

Restlessness

When children (and adults) are experiencing anxiety, they will often seem fidgety and restless. They may not be able to sit still and could even appear frantic at times trying to control all of the things around them. Some children are naturally a little restless, but if you notice your child has become more and more restless and frantic, it could be a sign of childhood anxiety.

Male child leaning on a soccer ball.
Parents sitting with their male child at a therapist’s office.

Trouble Sleeping

In many cases, because of the restlessness and constant worrying mentioned above, many kids experiencing childhood anxiety will have trouble sleeping. They are so consistently anxious, worried, and stressed that their mind won’t even allow them to relax enough to get quality sleep. If your child is so anxious that it’s affecting their sleep, it’s time to reach out for professional help.

Extreme Fatigue

It’s tiresome being overwhelmingly anxious all the time! For those who haven’t experienced it, this may be hard to understand. But take our word for it that living with extreme worry, stress, and anxiousness all the time is absolutely exhausting. One common way you can identify childhood anxiety in your child is to monitor their energy levels. Some fatigue from time to time is normal, extreme fatigue all the time may be a sign there is a problem.

Female child on the couch using the dog as a pillow.

Find Help at South Coast Community Services

At South Coast Community Services, we’re here to help! Our team is equipped to help both you and your child with childhood anxiety and to help them live a happier, more fulfilling life. Don’t let your child struggle on their own, provide them the specialist care they deserve at South Coast Community Services.

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