Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a child
What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a child?
Difficulty concentrating or irritability
Feeling on edge
Early identification and treatment is important. Generalized Anxiety Disorder in childhood can lead to generalized anxiety disorder as an adult. Many adults who have GAD report they have had it for all of their lives. Early treatment can help your child develop lifelong skills to manage their anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a child can be very debilitating and seriously impact their ability to be happy and successful. As an adult, GAD is strongly correlated with drug alcohol and nicotine dependence. Children with GAD may also have other diagnoses. GAD is very frequently accompanied by a depressive disorder diagnosis and/or a second diagnosis of anxiety such as separation anxiety or panic disorder.
Is it my Fault my Child has Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
No it’s not your fault! There are many things that contribute to Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a child. Research has taught us some traits of parents of children with anxiety disorders. For example, parents of anxious kids are more likely to have anxiety themselves. Parents who are more anxious may reinforce anxiety behaviors in their children and may also model that behavior. Research also shows that parents of children with Generalized Anxiety Disorder are more likely to be overprotective of their child or exhibit unnecessarily cautious behavior. We also know GAD in a child can be reinforced by a parent who does not have confidence in their child. Parents who encourage children to make choices, be independent and learn self control are less likely to have anxious kids.
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