According to the Children's Mental Health Report 30% of children and adolescents experience anxiety at some point but 80% never get help. Worse yet they report, "Untreated anxiety disorders are lined to depression, school failure, and a two-fold increase in risk for substance use disorder."
THE REPORT CALLS ANXIETY "THE GATEWAY DISORDER."
So how can we recognize anxiety in our children? Childmind.org lays out these symptoms as pointers to a potential problem:
This information can be a bit overwhelming. And not all of these symptoms mean your child has anxiety. The first step is to have a conversation with your primary care doctor so they can talk about next steps and to get a medical advice. It's important to rule out a physical illness.
At Tribe Within, we recognize that many parents can see the signs of anxiety but still have no access to real helpful tools. We found that most online resources were aimed at parents, not children, and that the ones that were for children were limited in scope.
When it comes to childhood anxiety, the most important thing is regular attention to your child's mental health. This is why we developed our RISE membership club. Designed to ensure your child gets a chance to flex that social emotional brainpower and that you, as a parent, don't have to search the internet day in and day out looking for new worksheets and podcasts.
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