Child Psychiatry

3 Ways Your Child Is Telling You They’re Anxious (Without Actually Saying It)

Parents want to support their child, especially when they feel like something might be wrong. However, children often don’t have the words to express their anxiety.

But the problem is, they don’t know the signs of anxiety because their children may not be able to verbalize it. Kids often end up keeping their stress to themselves so symptoms can be missed.

 

Here are 3 ways your child is telling you they’re anxious (without actually saying it):

1. Irritability Or Anger

The most obvious way to tell a child is anxious is when they seem worried, but anxiety often presents as anger or irritability.

In children and adults alike, anger is an emotion that tends to come out when individuals don’t know how else to express worry.

2. Physical Symptoms

Anxiety can often manifest physically. Continuous worry eventually starts to take a toll on your physical body.

This can result in:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach aches

3. Trouble Sleeping or Eating

 

When a child is suffering from anxiety, you may see a change in everyday patterns.

They may eat more or less than usual or stop taking naps. They might also sleep in, or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

If you would want to get your child extra support for their anxiety, schedule an appointment today. 

– Alyssa Walsh, Child Therapist