My friendâ€™s daughter was a normal teenager, with all the usual teenage rebelliousness.
Little did we know that the girl was suffering from a severe form of anxiety disorder till the day she attempted suicide, leaving a letter saying that she felt that she was unable to cope with life any more.
Where did my friend go wrong? Why did she not recognize the seriousness of the symptoms of anxiety disorder in her child? What could she have done about it? What can she do now?
These are some of the issues that will be addressed now, and here are some tips to help you cope, if you feel your child has an anxiety disorder.
First and foremost, what are the symptoms of anxiety disorder? The child has a heightened sense of worry and anxiety, as distinguished from normal anxiety, which may manifest itself physically in nervous sweating, headaches, nausea and vomiting, and mentally affect her thinking and cognitive abilities and skills.
The child may be restless, suffer from phobias, remain keyed up and on edge, and may find it extremely difficult to recover from the anxiety attack plaguing her.
If you find any of these symptoms in your child over a sustained period of time, consult your doctor immediately. You could help save your childâ€™s life.
How do you deal with anxiety disorders in your child? Remember, these disorders are treatable, and you as a parent must watch out for symptoms and deal with the anxiety in consultation with your doctor. Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure that your child is given proper nutritious food. A healthy diet is half the solution to a healthy mind and a positive outlook towards life.
- You must ensure that your child gets enough exercise and outdoor air everyday. Physical exercise helps in the circulation of blood through the body and the brain, and will release the â€˜feel good factorsâ€™ that will help your child improve her outlook towards life and overcome her anxiety.
- Your physician will provide you with a plan for coping, and for evaluating the stress your child is under, so that you may be able to help her cope better.
- Your physician may offer medication, and this does work, but make sure that the dosages are kept under moderation and not used over the longer term.
- For severe cases, psychodynamic therapy is offered today, and while this addresses your childâ€™s underlying fears and anxieties, you as a parent can help her cope.
- Behavior therapy is also used in certain conditions, and such therapy has proven to be greatly useful in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety disorder in your child, no matter what may have caused them.
Do not worry; maintain a positive outlook towards life yourself, and believe that everything will be back to normal shortly. Most importantly, believe in your child, and make sure that she knows you love her and care for her. A loving parent can do more wonders for a child than the best medicine in the world would be able to. Keep trying!