This year has been stressful for all of us, and kids and teens are no exception. Separation anxiety and social anxiety in our kids can easily be brushed off as kids being too sensitive or needing to grow out of their attachment. But when kids are worried or anxious all the time, it might be something more.
It might seem strange, but kids can have anxiety disorders just like adults do. But while an adult might just go to therapy and take prescription meds to help with their problems, it can be harder to find ways to cope with anxious children. Here’s what you need to know about identifying anxiety in your child and finding natural ways to treat it.
Did you know 7% of kids between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with anxiety, according to the CDC? And those numbers keep growing. In fact, a national survey found that there’s been a 20% increase in anxiety diagnoses in the last decade. For comparison, depression rates only went up by 0.2%. That’s why anxiety is the biggest mental health problem that teenagers in the US are facing right now. So what are the causes of this, what should you look out for and how do you help your child or teen through it all? We’re breaking it down.