Children and anxiety

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Registered: 02-18-2013
Children and anxiety
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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 10:10am

Can children suffer from anxiety? Could children exhibit really bad behavior because of it (like whining, throwing a tantrum, disrespectful statements)?

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Registered: 12-27-1999
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 2:08pm

You just described my son when he was younger and he did suffer from anxiety and depression. 

Anxiety is that fight or flight feeling.  As an adult I don't know what to do with that feeling when it comes over me.  You get stuck in that feeling and you don't know what to do with it.  Imagine being a child stuck in that feeling.  Lashing out would not be out of the ordinary.  I whine as a an adult when I get stuck in that feeling.  You are trying to release that feeling in any way that you can.  I pace up and down.  I tend to rub my arms and legs a lot when I am having an attack.  It is like my skin is crawling.  Kids who are having anxiety problems are thrown into feelings they don't have a reference for.  I know I can go outside and feel a little bit better.  Something about the outdoors just makes it better. 

If you think your child has anxiety problems, please get him to a doctor as soon as possible.  There are meds that do help.  No one wants to put their child on meds but I can't even begin to explain how bad an anxiety attack feels. 

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Avatar for ubergeek
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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 8:40am

jambalyia wrote:

Can children suffer from anxiety? Could children exhibit really bad behavior because of it (like whining, throwing a tantrum, disrespectful statements)?

Yep. That's my son. I actually have an appointment with a neurodevelopmental doctor later this month to go over his issues. I feel that a ton of his issues are stemming from anxiety, whether he's anxious over what he's wearing, what other kids are doing, how he's being percieved. It's endless.