Do you have a very shy child? A child that is a worrier or a child who is scared to try new things? Has your child has developed a fear of the dark or being separated from you? About 11% of children have problems coping with anxiety – compared to just 3% who suffer with depression (Macquarie University), so it is important to help your child receive treatment for their anxiety.
Anxiety can manifest as:
Kids who worry that something bad will happen when separated from mum or dad. They often refuse to separate – that is, they won’t go to school, sleep over at friends’ houses, or be left at home with a sitter.
These kids are shy or withdrawn and may worry a lot about what people think of them. They will avoid social situations and often have difficulty making friends.
A child may become particularly fearful of objects or situations, like dogs or water. Their fear becomes so bad that they avoid situations in which they would need to face their fears.
These kids are excessive worriers. They worry about many different areas including schoolwork, sport, family, and anything new. They ask for reassurance and may feel sick, get headaches or have trouble sleeping.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
These children tend to repeat actions or thoughts over and over, usually related to some type of fear.
Anxiety that is severe can impact on a child’s health and happiness. Some anxious children will grow out of their fears. Other children, unless they receive treatment for anxiety will continue to experience problems as a result of their anxiety.
Bright Ideas Child Psychologist was trained using the Cool Kids Programme at Macquarie University to work with children of all ages and their parents to help manage child anxiety more effectively.
The types of issue Bright Ideas can help children & adolescents with are :
A referral is not necessary; however clients can obtain an $81.79 rebate per session from Medicare if they obtain a Mental Health Care Plan from their Doctor. Rebates from many Health Insurers are also available.