Anxiety in Children

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Moodiness, self-criticism, need for reassurance and anger are psychological changes that could indicate anxiety. These symptoms, particularly the physical ones, are telltale signs of anxiety and not just a desire to avoid school. Talk to kids to get to the bottom of the source of anxiety, whether it's bullies, teachers, peer pressure, pressure to perform at a certain ability level or something else. Help children prepare for a new routine by giving them plenty of notice and a clear idea of what to expect. For example, a preschooler will enjoy touring a new school with mom and dad, while meeting new friends and teachers. Arranging playdates with new classmates can ensure that your child knows he'll have a friend when he gets to school. Examine your child's schedule and note when he complains. Is it after school? If so, then it may be time to take an activity or two off the schedule. Maybe he's feeling overscheduled and pressured to finish homework in a narrow window of time between activities at night. Help your child prioritize what he should worry about, and you may find he worries less!