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How can parents help their child with anxiety before it snowballs into a bigger mental health issue?
According to research from the Child Mind Institute, parents wait an average of two years after the onset of their child’s anxiety symptoms to seek treatment.
Why is this so problematic? Well according to U.S. News, “Anxiety interferes with kids being able to go to school, do the best they can while there to learn, make and keep friends, love their families, and engage in activities they enjoy.”
So what are the signs? Some kids who suffer from an anxiety disorder might be too scared to participate in class - or go to school at all. Some may be too frightened or embarrassed to play a sport or engage in more artistic hobbies. Others will have an extreme fear of playdates and making friends. All of this can lead to a habit of avoidance which can be a gateway to isolation, substance abuse, and depression.
So what can YOU, as a parent, do?
For more information on anxiety, watch our original series Understanding the Anxious Self with Dr. Ramani. I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember, whatever you’re going through, you got this.
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.