Several anxiety disorders against in children, and the only way to know for sure which your youngster is experiencing is to speak with a licensed mental health professional. Here are a few to watch out for:
Adjustment Disorder – Anxiety that results from an adjustment disorder may have erupted after a move, parental divorce or introduction of a new sibling.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This condition occurs when a child (or adult) has been consistently worried about many things for longer than six months. These worries could range from obsessive thoughts of a natural disaster to difficulty sleeping for fear of health problems.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD, as it is more commonly called, involves intrusive thoughts that lead to ritualistic behaviors. This is the type of anxiety that could cause a child to become obsessed with germs, death or something similar that they feel requires extensive worry.
Of course, there are also similar conditions – post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety and even phobias.
Always consult with your doctor on health questions or issues for your child.