Kids Don’t Tell You They Have Anxiety, They Say ‘My Stomach Hurts’!

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When children have a big test upcoming or a really important sports game, they will complain about pain in the abdomen. This is when their stress is at an all-time high.

There is no need to panic if this happens because there is no immediate concern. However, it is good to know that this is a sign of anxiety.

Dr. Nicole Sawangpont Pattamanuch, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s, says that the symptoms of abdominal pain connected with anxiety and stress.

She also shares the signals that will help parents define if there is anything wrong with their kid’s symptoms, and recommends techniques that will relieve their distress.

Because of their young age and not understanding the worlds, kids often experience problems and stress. Mental disorder among children can be seen as a serious change in the way the usually act, study, or control their emotions. 

Behavior disorders, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more frequently diagnosed in childhood. 

Unfortunately, numerous parents are unconvinced or stunned at the number of children diagnosed with mental disorders.

The usual question of the parents may be “Why are children often depressed?” Questions like this come from not knowing how anxiety feels.

This is the main reason, mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in children. Unluckily, this misunderstanding is part of the reason that mental, behavioral and emotional disorders in kids are severely undiagnosed and untreated.

Parents’ lack of understanding can have a great influence on their children. Because they are children, they do not know what exactly is wrong or abnormal with them, especially if they always feel a defined way.

Even though some level of anxiety is beneficial in some situations, as a parent, you normally don’t know when the symptoms that the child is expressing are enough to qualify as anxiety.

If you notice more than one of these signs in your child, an appointment with a professional or family physician will be a good step:
  1. Behavioral signs

– They might say something like “I cannot do it!” for no reason

– They always look endorsement from friends, teachers or parents

– They become emotional or angry when separating from loved ones

– They refuse to speak to friends or strangers outside of the house

– They avoid social situations with peers after school or on weekends

– They say no to going to school

– When they need to work with others, they stay quiet

– They refuse to participate during class activities

– They often ask “what if?

  1. Emotional signs

– They can have tantrums or meltdowns

– They act enormously sensitive

– They have obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors 

– They will often cry

– They have extreme test anxiety

– They are afraid of mistakes they make

– They can be angry or grumpy for no reason

– They have nightmares about losing someone close

– They worry about things that will happen in the future

– They are afraid their friends will find out about their learning or attention issues

– They have amplified fears and phobias

– They get distracted from playing by their worries and fears

– They have or are afraid to have panic attacks

  1. Physical signs

– Hard time falling or staying asleep

– They tense their muscles

– They shake or sweat in nerve-wracking situations

– They are hyperactive, distracted, fidgety or restless

– They use restrooms only at home

– They refuse to eat snacks or lunch outside of the home

– Even if there is no medical reason for, they often complain about stomachaches and headaches

The parent needs to understand that these behaviors alone are normal parts of childhood and life.

However, building an environment where the child is contented to talk about their emotion is necessary.

If you notice your child go away from personal interactions, you need to ask them to think if it is a specific thing they are trying to go away from, or if they just want to be left alone.

Outdoor activities can also stimulate their brain if the child needs a change of pace.

Breathing techniques can also help them calm their anxious mind. The more the child can control its emotions and body, the more it can communicate to you changes that happen to it.



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