A: As many as 1 in 8 children from ages 9 to 17 have anxiety. That’s about 13 percent! Here are some of the signs you should be looking for…

  • excessive worrying about many things (school, safety, health, future)
  • physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches, tiredness)
  • repetitive actions that reduce anxiety
  • preoccupying thoughts
  • intense fears
  • fear of speaking to others
  • episodes of panic (sudden, intense physical symptoms that may include racing heart, shortness of breath, tingling feelings)
  • nightmares
  • difficulty sleeping
  • restlessness during the day
  • trouble concentrating
  • irritability

Although all kids experience anxiety in certain situations, most don’t develop anxiety disorders. Those who do, however, will seem anxious and usually have one or more of the above signs. These symptoms can affect a child’s day-to-day functioning, including attending school, going to social events, concentrating in school, sleeping, and eating. If you have concerns or questions about these types of behaviors in your child, call Dr. Bell for a consultation (843) 810-9202.