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The most common signs of anxiety in children

Anxiety is a common mental health issue that affects people of all ages, including children.

Some common signs of anxiety in children include:

1. Excessive worrying

A child with anxiety may worry excessively about things like school, social situations, or their health.

2. Avoidance behaviour

They may avoid situations that make them feel anxious, such as going to school or participating in social activities.

3. Physical symptoms

Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as stomach aches, headaches, and trouble sleeping.

4. Irritability

Children with anxiety may become irritable, easily upset, and have tantrums.

5. Perfectionism

They may have high standards for themselves and fear making mistakes.

6. Overthinking

Children with anxiety may overthink situations and have trouble making decisions.

7. Separation anxiety

Young children may experience separation anxiety when away from their parents or guardians.

8. Panic attacks

Some children with anxiety may experience sudden and intense panic attacks that can cause physical symptoms such as sweating, racing heartbeat, and difficulty breathing.

It's important to note that some anxiety is normal and can be a healthy response to stress. However, if your child's anxiety is interfering with their daily life, it may be worth seeking additional help.

If your child is suffering with anxiety and would like to try our anxiety workshops, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email


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