Anxiety or Normal Child behavior???

Katherine Gutierrez, M.S. Child, Adolescent & Young Adult Mental Health Therapist

Understanding your child’s behaviors can sometimes be overwhelming. They are still learning so much about the world and their emotions that it can seem like they are happy one moment and frustrated the next. 

If you are trying to determine if they are experiencing age appropriate behaviors or if it could be something more serious like childhood anxiety; Here are 5 signs to look for to determine if your child should be evaluated for childhood onset of anxiety. 

1. Multiple episodes of disturbed sleep or nightmares

2. Increase in feelings of restlessness 

3. Ongoing inability to concentrate

4. Irritable or becoming easily upset

5. Increased crying episodes or tantrums

Overall common signs of anxiety in children and adults include:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Irregular heartbeat 

  • Cold sweats 

  • Dizziness 

  • Nausea 

  • Changes in eating patterns or appetite

  • Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable

If you are concerned about your child’s mood, it never hurts to have a consultation with a licensed and qualified professional to determine if your child should be seen.

Research shows that the sooner anxiety is addressed, the higher likelihood of your child living a normal and happy life.

Our child therapist always offers a free consultation and would be glad to discuss your child’s specific needs and determine if therapy is the solution for you and your family.

For more information about our child therapy program and our unique approach, visit apeacefulmind.org or call our office at 239-266-2620.