Is your child showing signs of anxiety? Did you know that anxiety is more common than depression during age group of 12 to 17 years old? Let’s take a look at the importance of understanding anxiety in children.
According to an article at dailytelegraph.com,”How to Manage Teen Anxiety”
“WHEN a landmark survey into the mental health and well-being of Australian kids and teens was done (some 18 years ago), the issue of anxiety didn’t even get a mention.
That seems a remarkable oversight today, considering that when the second survey was published last year, anxiety disorders were found to be the most prevalent form of mental health problems among young people.
“Anxiety is more common in the 12- to 17-year-old age bracket than depression, ADHD, eating disorders and conduct problems,” Professor Jennie Hudson, of the Center for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, says.
She believes there are various reasons for this lack of attention: “In the past, people thought it was something that children would grow out of naturally. Also, when a child is anxious, it’s a more internal experience and it’s hard to know how much they worry on the inside.
Anxiety may not be as obvious as a child who acts out, for example.”
But anxiety isn’t something that should be ignored.
“An anxious teenager can miss more school, have poorer peer relationships, fewer friends and engage in fewer activities,” Hudson says.
Anxiety is also not something that you automatically grow out of, and there’s evidence that emotional disorders early in life predict a range of mental health problems later on.
For example, anxious adolescents are at increased risk for adult anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
“Early intervention is really key,” Hudson says.
“If we can give children strategies early enough, then they know how to deal with challenging situations all through their life.” To read the entire article click here.