Many children suffer from anxiety without having significant symptoms. According to the medical statistics of anxiety, there are 25% of 13-to-18-year-olds who suffer from anxiety every year. If that condition goes untreated, those children can have more anxiety issues in adulthood.
The effects of anxiety are similar in adults and children. Anyone who suffers from the anxiety can feel nervous, shy, moody and tired. Additionally, there are some anxiety-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, in most of the cases, children may not know how to communicate their anxiety properly, and you can see some of their reactions in the video below:
We will explain you here some ways how children might “tell” you about the anxiety they are experiencing. When you notice that your children are using at least 2-3 phrases repeatedly, it should be a sign of the presence of anxiety – and you should think about treating it!
Here are 11 Phrases That Kids Might Use to Tell You “I’m Anxious”
- “What’s wrong with me?”
When your child expresses self-doubt very often, by using these words it may be best to keep your eyes for some other signs of anxiety.
- “I’m tired.”
Many children can experience sleep disturbances for a very long time, or some are trying not to be bullied and when they come home they would use that phrase in order to be alone.
- “Don’t make me.” or “I have a headache.”
There are not many children who love going to school, but if you notice that your child refuses to go to school it could be indicative of something deeper than not liking classes.
- “I’m sorry.”
Apologizing too often is not what your child really wants to express, but it can be a sign of his/her anxiety. However, if they know when to apologize, it is a good thing.
- “Can’t we stay home?”
When your child prefers to stay in quiet, familiar environments instead of going through new experiences, even though they are fun and exciting, this is another sign about the anxious condition. The child would complain about going out at some places because of the noise and something similar.
- “I don’t want to!” or “You do it!”
By avoiding even the minimal social interactions, your child could be suffering from severe social anxiety.
- “I want to go home” or “Is it time to leave yet?”
Too long and uncomfortable parties can be particularly troubling for children with anxiety.
- “Don’t leave me.”
Some children never want to leave parents, even for a short period of time, which can be a sign of exhibiting separation anxiety.
- “Can you turn on the hallway light for me at night?”
If your children are afraid of the dark or are overwhelmed with nightmarish thoughts then they are suffering from the anxiety too.
- “My body is uncomfortable.”
Sometimes your child can fuse physical and mental health. In such a situation he/she can use this phrase about comfortability.
- “I don’t feel well.”
Sometimes, your child can complain about body aches, without any reason.
For everyone, whether it is an adult or child, anxiety refers to the light-to-severe physical and mental symptoms that leave a person feeling nervous and uneasy.
For both children and adults, symptoms of anxiety can include:
– Difficulty concentrating
– Muscle tension
– Feeling nauseous, sick or panicked
– Difficulty controlling the worry
– Feeling highly anxious when you are with other people
– Sleep problems
– Being self-conscious around other people
– Difficulty talking to other people
– Blushing, trembling or sweating around other people
– Avoiding social events and situations
– Feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach in the presence of other people
However, when it happens to your children, you should be looking out for more physical signs of anxiety, because they may not know how to express that condition.
You should watch out for these physical signs of anxiety in children:
– Poor balance
– Difficulty breathing
– Rapid heartbeat
– Sweaty or shaky hands or feet
– Silence and refusal to speak
– Complaints about stomachaches, headaches, and tiredness
– Mood swings
– Sudden changes in eating habits
– Wanting to avoid social activities or school
– Panic attacks and fainting
– Wanting to stay home or with parents all the time
– Sleep disturbances
– Inability to concentrate
– Irritability and restlessness
– Low self-esteem
– Sudden changes in grades
In case you notice some of this symptoms and manifestations of your child you should consult a medical professional to investigate the potential causes and to suggest possible treatment options.
Here are some treatment options for anxiety (for both adults and children):
– Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
– Group therapy
– Learning stress-management techniques
– Seeking social support
– Eating anti-anxiety foods
– Taking medication, if needed
So, immediately when you notice that your child is undergoing sudden changes in grades, mood, attitudes and energy levels, and about going to social events or going to school, consider talking to them about anxiety. Pay attention to even light complaints if they are repeated frequently.