Generally speaking, it’s expected that a child, especially a young child, will get upset when leaving his or her parents, whether it’s for school, daycare, or a short time with a babysitter. In fact, as a parent, you may also feel a twinge of that same sadness and worry the first few times you have to leave your child in the care of someone else. So what factors elevate a child’s seemingly natural reaction to being separated from a parent to a more serious anxiety disorder?
Oftentimes children who are experiencing anxiety will have trouble keeping their emotions in check. Feeling scared, panicked, upset, sad, or all of the above are common symptoms of anxiety disorders. Children can benefit from physical activities, such as deep breathing or large muscle movement, to help them calm down when anxiety strikes.
If you think your child may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, working with a psychologist is an integral step in helping your child feel better. A licensed psychologist can do a formal evaluation to determine if your child is experiencing an anxiety disorder; if so, he or she can identify the type of disorder and work with you on long-term solutions to manage anxiety.
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