Whether it is trouble sleeping, fears and phobias, social anxiety or separation anxiety, anxiety is one of the primary mental health concerns of children today. In most cases, fears in childhood are fairly transient and short-lived, and can manifest in different ways at different stages of development. For example, babies and toddlers might fear loud noises, heights, strangers and separation, preschoolers might start to show fears of being on their own and of the dark, whilst school-age children might be afraid of supernatural things (like ghosts), social situations, failure, and criticism or tests.
When to be concerned
Most children have fears or worries of some kind. If you’re concerned about your child, the following tips might help you decide whether you need to seek professional help.
Severe anxiety can impact on children’s health and happiness. Some anxious children will grow out of their fears, but others will continue to have trouble with anxiety unless they receive professional help.
Ways to support your child
Bright Ideas Psychology specialises in working with children who are suffering with anxiety to help them cope more effectively with their fears. Trained by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health, Bright Ideas provides anxiety treatment for children and adolescents as well as counselling for issues that might be occurring at school such as bullying. Our Child Psychologist will also work with you as the parent to help manage your child’s anxiety so they can lead a life without being at the mercy of anxious thoughts.