Natural Solutions For Treating A Child With Anxiety
Treating a child with anxiety is not easy, especially if you don’t recognize why they have a problem. Child anxiety is something that is not often talked about, both in medical circles and in casual conversations among parents. Many parents are unaware that there is even an issue at all and see the symptoms of this condition as just being a problematic time and that ‘it’ will go away eventually, or the child will grow out of whatever is causing them concern.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
I for one, was a child suffering with anxiety. Today, my mother admits she didn’t know I had a problem and she thought I was just being over reactive. She also admits she hoped I would forget the problem that was the cause. It is still emblazoned in my mind as if it happened yesterday.
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The reason I share this, is because if your child has anxiety, please dig deep and find out why! If you don’t know, watch and see what their fear is. If it is going to school, sure this is a normal fear for many school-children, but if you suspect there is more to it…maybe there is.
Although there are some situations where the child will learn to cope with their own symptoms of anxiety, most situations really need to be addressed properly so that it won’t lead to other problems.
- Treating child anxiety naturally does not differ much from treating anxiety in adults – the basic steps are essentially the same.
- However, because the child may not always understand why they feel the way they do, it is very important that they be given lots of love, comfort and support. This is probably (in my opinion) the most important part of any treatment process.
One of the most common mistakes that parents can make when handling child anxiety is to show their own disappointment and frustration to the child. It can really be frustrating to see your child suffering but if you convey such negative emotions to them, it would just make their recovery more difficult. Instead, you should just shower them with support, love and understanding to help them get through this difficult phase in their life.
For more severe cases, child anxiety may need to involve the use of professional help.
- Thankfully many parents and child psychologists are really quite hesitant in medications, so natural child anxiety treatments are recommended. Of course this is great as there are negative side effects that these anxiety medications are known for, so if they are not taken there is no risk of suffering long-term side effects.
Also, self treating child anxiety by using over-the-counter medications that are unauthorized by the doctor are not advisable at all. Not only can this lead to serious side effects but it can actually make the child’s situation a lot worse than it already is.
The truth is that in most cases of childhood anxiety, you don’t really have to resort to the use of medications. Many children can be fully treated with love and support and if necessary through professional counseling.
Another natural method, is for you as a parent, to learn how you can help your child! There are self-help child anxiety programs available to you, so why not give it a try. Your child may benefit from your knowledge and understanding.
So as a parent, you should be vigilant when it comes to your child’s behavior. If you see anything amiss, talk to them right away and find out if there is something that is bothering them because a simple talk may be all they really need to feel a whole lot better.