Several parents are concerned nowadays that anxiety and stress are increasing more dominant and toxic in their children’s lives. This might be correct, though it’s also true that moderate anxiety assists children to push to success in every aspect. It is ordinary to impression anxious while performing a test or school play. We assume children to be worried at the doctor’s clinic or when confronted with a new situation.

But when children are anxious all the time or when their nervousness is inconsistent with the situation, there may be a bigger problem such as an anxiety disorder.

When people state anxiety, they are referring to Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which we cover in more complexity below. Indications of anxiety in kids contain many forms and several other types of anxiety disorders impact children:

  • Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviour (BFRB)

This behaviour is related to anxiety management, self-grooming, or sensory stimulation. The most common BFRB are hair-pulling, skin picking, nail-biting, skin biting, nose picking, as well as joint cracking and cheek biting.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD)

This behaviour causes children to experience persistent, unwanted obsessions or uncertainties. Occasionally, they work to release anxiety through repetitive physical or mental behaviours called compulsions.

Child anxiety assessment is done face-to-face to diagnose children, and complete evidence is obtained on the symptoms of their frequency, duration, severity, and level of distress or interference. It is essential to ask a child about his/her specific thoughts, which trigger particular avoidant or anxious behaviour in them.

Children or youngsters with OCD have some common obsessions listed below:

  • Fear of dust, germs or pollution
  • need for order and precision
  • Religious obsessions
  • Being superstitious
  • Sexual or violent thoughts
  • Fear of sickness or harm coming to oneself or family
  • Disturbing sounds or words

Common Signs of Generalized Anxiety Disorder for Children 

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fear of being alone
  • Picking at skin
  • Nail-biting
  • Strong startle response
  • Being overly self-critical
  • OCD-like 
  • Suddenly avoiding social contact
  • Frequent urination
  • Refusing visits to the school,
  • Trouble joining in class and interacting with peers
  • Unnecessary worry about everyday things
  • Trouble responding to questions when called on by the teacher
  • Disruptive behaviour
  • Fidgeting
  • Everyday trips to the nurse with complaints of headaches, nausea, stomachaches, or even vomiting.
  • Avoiding socialising or group work
  • Not turning in homework