Anxiety attacks in children: Is your child at risk?

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As we enter the exam period, how do you know if your child is able to cope with the added pressure or if he is heading towards an anxiety attack? Here is what you should know about anxiety attacks in children.

Exam season is here and a lot of children in Singapore are feeling some stress from academic anxiety, parents’ expectations, peer pressure and family problems.

So is all the added pressure pushing your child to the brink of an anxiety attack? Can children even have anxiety attacks? What are the warning signs to watch out for? And how can can we, as parents, help our children through it? Read this article to find out.

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Many students find the educational system in Singapore to be stressful leading to anxiety attacks in children

Can children have anxiety attacks?

It is perfectly natural for children to feel nervous or anxious about changes in their life such as starting a new school, moving to a new home, or making new friends or exams.

Children of different age groups tend to experience different kinds of anxiety such as:

Separation anxiety
Fairly common in younger children, separation anxiety develops when they are around six months old and they feel this way because they are still learning to be fully independent and self-reliant so become anxious if separated from their parent or primary care-giver.

Social anxiety
Being shy is normal for children and teenagers, but having social anxiety makes it difficult for them to go out in public, make friends or even participate in various activities. This condition may arise in children who have gone through puberty.

School-based anxiety
Your child may sometimes complain and grumble about going to school – which is pretty normal for most children – but if it gets to the point where they are crying, appear to be extremely tired in the mornings, and constantly complain about tummy aches and pains, then they may have more than just a bad case of nerves.

If your child’s anxiety gets to a point where it affects his behaviour and ability to properly function on a daily basis, then this may be a red flag that you need to look out for.

What are the triggers to watch out for to recognise anxiety attacks in children and what are its harmful effects? Read on to find out.

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