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Stress and anxiety are sometimes difficult to detect in children. How can the signs be recognized in order to resolve the situation?
Stress and anxiety are not exclusive to adults. Today’s fast-paced life does not spare children and adolescents, who must also deal with busy schedules, the pursuit of excellence and success, competitiveness, evaluations, etc.
For several years now, we have noted a unanimous observation: children are more stressed than they used to be. Why is that? This is a fundamental question, but a complex one. There is undoubtedly a host of factors that explain this problem: genetic, environmental and social factors, overexposure to technology, the quest for performance, sedentariness, parental overprotection, etc.
As is the case for adults, exposure to chronic stress can be a threat to the mental health of youth. It isn’t surprising to note a rise of diagnosed cases of depression and anxiety disorders in elementary and high school children.
In order to thrive, a child needs, among other things, support, safety, guidance and solid reference points. A number of situations can be a source of stress or anxiety, such as:
Young children are generally not as well equipped as adults to recognize and express the fact that they are stressed or anxious. This unfortunate situation sometimes makes things worse and hampers access to workable solutions. This is why it is important that parents remain alert to detect anxiety or excess stress in children, in order to resolve it.
Therefore, stress and anxiety are often difficult to detect. Additionally, their repercussions on a child’s health, well-being and quality of life may be underestimated. Their manifestations are extremely varied. However, certain signs may be indicative of too much stress or anxiety:
A sudden change of attitude or behaviour in a child may be a sign that something isn’t right.
Stress or anxiety can affect a child’s physical health: headaches, stomach aches, nausea, worsening asthma or eczema, etc.
Here is some advice for parents who wish to offer their child support during a stressful period.
Stress and anxiety are very real challenges for children and adolescents and must be taken seriously. Your pharmacist is always there to help if you have any health-related questions for both young children and adolescents!
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