lots of stress in the hospital and poor health after. does anyone else have a very young child or was a young child experencing anxiety tell me how it feels. I would like to understand his thoughts and fears, how anxiety feels phyisicaly and mentally so I can be a better parent and meet his emotional needs
i would say anxiety (anxiety and fear are the same emotion in my opinion) is just overactivity of the body and mind (the sympathetic nervous system is (also called the fight or flight respones) what is engaged when a person is anxious) which is associated with a fear of some problem. Im extreamly surpised a 5 year old would be put on a med and i hope the doctor recomended therapy first since these meds can have side effects which are very uncomfortable and this is a long term medication while the childs brain is still actively developing (these meds also can cause problems in teens when their hormone levels go out of control and all of a sudden you get reports of SOME kids attempting suicide without even thinking about it because now they are extreamly impulsive -i forgot the biological reason for the impulsiveness but this was from my bio psych teacher (neurologist))
anxiety is generally characterized as diffuse, unpleasant, a sense of apprehension or worry, and has physical symptoms that may include headache, muscle tension, perspiration, restlessness, tension in the chest and mild stomach discomfort.
Also found a list for 5 year olds specificly and you have to remember these are normal behaviors but when its causing distress in the childs life is when anxiety becomes a problem...
Fear of being away from parents
Fear of darkness
Trouble sleeping and nightmares
I was always told by psychology teachers "its like theres an immaginary tiger in the room"
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