Anxiety

Anxiety can take various forms. However, the general features are tension, worry, fear and apprehension.

Separation Anxiety Disorder, occurs when a youngster experiences excessive anxiety about being separated from their mother and/or father. Fear of separation from the mother occurs as a normal part of development in youngster between the ages of eight and fifteen months, and at this stage it is normal for children to protest against separation. Children with separation anxiety disorder often cry, cling and have tantrums when separated from the parent. If they are forced to leave their homes or familiar areas, these youngsters become tense and fearful. Even at home they are afraid to be left alone. They almost always have difficulties sleeping alone.

Children with Separation Anxiety Disorder often have other fears which are irrational i.e. insects, animals. A common problem associated with Separation Anxiety Disorder is school refusal.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, refers to children who worry about a lot of different things such as worrying about future events, past events and generally are anxious about whether others like them etc.  They appear tense and anxious. They also tend to somatisize often and complain of stomachaches, headaches and other anxiety related symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea.

Youngsters with Generalized Anxiety Disorder are often irritable, easily fatigued, and have problems with attention and concentration.  

Phobic Disorders are diagnosed when a child has more intense and distressing fears that persist over time.  Phobias can be disabling when the feared object or situation cannot be avoided. Social phobia, is a fear of being in a situation in which there is a possibility of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of others which are particularly likely to interfere with a child’s daily life.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder occurs when a child has a persistent thought, impulse, image, or idea which seems to be beyond the child’s ability to control. An individual who suffers from obsessions recognizes that the thoughts are the products of their own mind and often attempt to suppress them by substituting other thoughts or actions.  Compulsions are repetitive behaviours which the individual feels driven to perform to reduce the distress accompanying an obsession.


Other Disorders
Anxiety
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Conduct Disorder
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Elimination Disorders
Exam Stress
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Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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