It is normal for us to experience anxiety at certain times in life. Similarly, single children with no siblings also experience anxiety. The point to take note of is when anxiety interferes with our daily activities. When the child cannot perform the daily activities, it is time to take note. According to the Indian Journal of Paediatrics, only 6% of children have anxiety disorders. It was found that it is more prevalent in urban areas compared to rural areas.
There are different factors, or a combination of factors, that can cause anxiety disorders in children. A few of the main factors that can contribute to the anxiety of single children are genetic factors, the family and society they live in, parental upbringing, school-related stress, traumatic events in life, and environmental factors.
There is a good chance that a single child could have anxiety disorders if there is a family history of anxiety. The family and the society they live in can contribute to the problem. If the family or society constantly exerts pressure on the child, this can affect the only child. It does not matter whether the child has siblings, but the parental upbringing matters. Parents who are very strict with their children, or, on the other hand, those who are overprotective, can contribute to this problem. Most of the only children face stress at school. When the stress is too much for them to handle, the child can develop an anxiety disorder. The environment can also contribute to the problem.
Here are some of the symptoms to take note of to see if children are having anxiety disorders. One is excessive worry. If the child excessively worries about any small issue, it could be a symptom. Another thing to note are the physical symptoms like headaches, stomach upsets, nausea, and dizziness. Everybody faces these problems, but when these problems are chronic for no apparent reason, you must take note. Not getting proper sleep or sleeping too much is another symptom. The child being constantly restless or irritable is another symptom. Another symptom to take note of is not having the ability to concentrate. If your only child has any one or more of the symptoms, you will have to get to your physician. It is the physician who will decide if your child has anxiety issues.
The treatment will depend on the type of anxiety, and a mental health professional will decide what is best for the child. The different types of treatments include medication, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes, and exposure therapy. Treatment for anxiety in children typically involves a combination of therapy and, in some cases, medication. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a common type of therapy that helps children learn coping skills to manage anxiety and develop new strategies for managing stress and uncertainty. It’s important to seek professional help if a child is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, as early intervention can lead to better outcomes and an improved quality of life.
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