5 Reasons Your Kids May Be Feeling Anxious
The statistics are startling!
Nearly 1 child in every 10 in the US suffers from anxiety!
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in children and adolescents.
Do you know what is normal vs. excessive anxiety?
Some anxiety is normal. Here is a quick discussion about what kids can be anxious about at different ages.
How does anxiety affect children?
The physiological symptoms of anxiety include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Quick breathing or difficulty catching one’s breath
- Muscle aches (especially stomach and headaches)
- Shaking, dizziness, tingling
Your child is afraid. Depending on their age, fear and trepidation are a part of normal development.
However, melt-downs and extreme avoidance are not normal.
If you’ve tried conventional recommendations and are not seeing results, you are likely at the point of trying medication. You just want your child and family to be happy, and to be able to do regular activities.
Are you looking for the right type of help?
If your child has had any of the events listed below, their self-calming mechanisms are often not working properly.
What can disrupt self-calming?
There are a number of events and conditions which impact the self-calming ability of a little one’s body.
In general, the following can negatively impact the organization of the core in various ways. This disorganization compromises self-calming mechanisms.
- Accidents such as falls, broken bones, or head injuries.
- Illness such as RSV, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, extreme dehydration, or diarrhea.
- Medical procedures such as infant surgery or NICU support following birth.
- Birth stressors such as forceps, C-section, long labor, pre-eclampsia, or umbilical cord wrap.
- Prenatal stressors such as being a twin, mom on bedrest, breech development, diabetic or maternal illness.
What to do?
Has your child experienced one or more of the above? They just don’t know how to calm down and it’s become more intense as they’ve grown. (Growth stresses the core since it has to work harder to keep up with longer arms and legs, and moving more.)
Bridging® is a fast, simple non-invasive option to reboot your child’s self-calming ability. You can stop avoiding activities, and begin doing the things your family enjoys!
What do families experience after Bridging®?
Parents are amazed that within 1-2 sessions their child is calmer with improved inner confidence. The concerns shift from anxiety to sports skills, and focus in school.
One 6th grader last spring always had a stomach ache and sweaty hands from his extreme anxiety. After two sessions those were gone, and we’ve since focused on his ability to run and do push-ups in PE class.
How to get started?
Get started on a path toward less stress and more being a kid by calling or scheduling online. We have a variety of after-school options.
Not sure, and want to find out if Bridging® can help your child? Complete our intake form and we’ll get back in touch to explain if, and why.