Do you suspect that your child might be suffering from anxiety?
Your child used to be happy, full of joy, and carefree. Now she seems stressed, timid, scared, nervous, afraid, worried, or anxious all the time.
Or your child may not be wanting to do the things they used to do. They may rely heavily on a common symptom of anxiety known as avoidance, perhaps not wanting to go to school, be around people, or try new things. They may ask for reassurance…a lot…that everything is okay.
Anxiety in children can also…not look like anxiety.
It can look like your child is just being difficult. Maybe they fight you on every little thing…but that might be because they are scared or anxious. Parenting can sure be confusing! The truth is, your child’s difficult behavior is not designed just to give you a hard time…it’s to fight off anxiety. To fight off having to do things that are scary or uncertain. For them, the anxiety is wildly upsetting and best to be avoided, and sometimes that comes out in the form of a fight with you.