Your child’s pediatrician is a valuable source of information about
physical and mental
pediatric care. If your child frequently displays symptoms of anxiety, your kid’s
doctor can help you determine if your child suffers from an anxiety disorder.
Here is a basic guide to deciding when it’s necessary to bring up
your child’s anxiety with your family doctor.
If He Exhibits These Anxiety Symptoms
Symptoms of an anxiety disorder in children include persistent and recurrent
fear, nervousness, shyness, or an avoidance of places or activities. Your
child will continue to display symptoms even after you, caretakers, or a
family doctor have intervened. If you’ve attempted to comfort your child about
his fears and are unable to convince him that they’re unfounded,
he may have an anxiety disorder.
If Symptoms Aren’t Temporary
Many children experience temporary anxiety that is triggered by common,
logical fears. If your child only displays occasional anxiety, and the
cause of the anxiety is easy to understand and would be considered a universal,
understandable fear for his age level, then he probably does not suffer
from an anxiety disorder. If your child fixates on fears that seem illogical,
and constantly worries or obsesses over things that don’t seem to
preoccupy other children his age, then you should bring it up with his
If Anxiety Interferes With Daily Life
The best way to determine if your child’s anxiety is a genuine and
chronic problem is if you notice that it is interfering with his daily
life. If he is incapable of completing tasks, participating in activities,
or visiting certain places due to his fear or anxiety, then you and your
child will need the professional support of his pediatrician.
At Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, our
pediatricians serving Lee’s Summit have extensive training and experience in identifying the signs and symptoms
of mental health problems in children and adolescents. We can offer pediatric
care or a referral to a trusted pediatric counselor for treatment. To
schedule a consultation with one of our pediatricians, call us today at
816-524-5600, or call Raintree Pediatrics at (816) 525-4700 or Blue Springs
Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520.