Counselling for Children with Anxiety
Anyone can be a candidate for anxiety including children. No matter how young they are anxiety can strike at any time whether it’s selective mutism, generalized anxiety, worry, panic, OCD, or another condition. Evidence suggests 17% of people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives so it’s extremely common. Most won’t get treatment early and will live with debilitating symptoms for far too long before eventually seeking help. Positive Kids specializes in helping and supporting children who experience anxiety or have an anxiety disorder. We support children in developing tools and strategies through Counselling for Children With Anxiety.
Prevalence of children with Anxiety in Canada. Below are some current stats on children in your area.
- 1/2 of Ontario parents report having ever had concerns about their child’s level of anxiety
- 1/3 of Ontario parents have had a child miss school due to anxiety
- 1/4 of Ontario parents have missed work to care for a child with anxiety. This is significantly higher among parents who have had concerns about their child’s anxiety.
- 62% of Ontario youth report ever having had concerns about their level of anxiety; only 3 in 10 (32%) have spoken to a mental health care professional about anxiety.
- 73% of teachers agreed that anxiety disorders were a pressing concern
Types of Anxiety
There are different types of anxiety and different symptoms for each variation. The list below is a short list of some of the most common types.
Exam/School Stress Anxiety
This is anxiety a child feels when under pressure, worried, or overwhelmed to a point that it hinders their learning and emotional health.
This happens when a child experiences anxiety through a specific phobia like spiders or dark spaces.
This is a term used to explain a feeling of anxiety or stress when a child is away from their parents/guardians.
Here are some examples of anxiety related symptoms:
- Physical symptoms such as tightness in the chest, a racing heart, shortness of breath, an upset stomach or sleep problems.
- Feeling overwhelmed, out of control, or unable to cope with normal daily life.
- Intrusive worrying thoughts that “snowball”.
- Obsessive thoughts that focus on the same negative things over and over.
- Difficulty concentrating on normal everyday tasks.
- Compulsive and repetitive behavior.
- Avoiding certain situations, people, or environments (such as school, social events or certain classes).
- Frequent crying or seeking comfort from parents.
- Difficulty separating from parents.
- Excessive irritability, tantrums or angry outbursts.
- Periods of depression or prolonged negative moods.
Positive Kids uses a psycho-educational approach to help children master their anxiety symptoms. That means among other modalities, we help children to learn and understand what is actually happening to them as they are experiencing their symptoms. We believe that the more information a child has about the condition, the more empowered they become to combat it.
If you find that your child fits into any of the categories above or presents symptoms indicative of an anxiety disorder, do get them to help sooner than later. Neglecting to do so can cause the disorder to strengthen or get worse which can lead to children self-medicating with drugs or alcohol or worse. Positive Kids is your provider of Counselling for Children With Anxiety. Our Child anxiety counselors are available in most cities and will work with your availability to work with your child. For more information about counseling for anxiety for children, call us today at 1866-503-7454.
The picture below can help to explain what happens children become anxious;