Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SFC Blog: Families Matter: More on Anxiety for Teens and Children by Expert K...

SFC Blog: Families Matter: More on Anxiety for Teens and Children by Expert Kecia Burcham...:

Just as adults often suffer from anxiety, children and teens may as well. Sometimes this anxiety is brought on by stressful or traumatic events, but often a specific stressor cannot be identified.

While there are many anxiety disorders, the more common ones in children and adolescents are Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. These children worry a lot and have trouble in social situations. In very young children, anxiety often manifests itself as Separation Anxiety Disorder and Specific Phobia. These symptoms often include great reluctance of separating from caregivers and various, seemingly unjustified fears.

Children react to the symptoms differently than adults with similar anxiety problems which can make diagnosis very difficult. It can also be hard to differentiate between a “phase” or rational concern and a true disorder. In either case, it can greatly interfere with a child’s sense of well-being and achievement in school.

Read more at http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com/2011/07/more-on-anxiety-for-teens-and-children.html

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