Users' questions

When do you know if your child has a phobia?

When do you know if your child has a phobia?

Children or teenagers with phobias experience extreme dread and terror when exposed to the object of their anxiety. Furthermore, the length of time that a child or teen experiences this anxiety indicates whether it is a phobia or not.

What to know about anxiety in module 13?

In Module 13, we will discuss matters related to anxiety disorders to include their clinical presentation, prevalence, comorbidity, etiology, assessment, and treatment options. Our discussion will include separation anxiety, selective mutism, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, agoraphobia, social anxiety, and panic disorders.

Why are phobias more common in children and teens?

Neurobiology: Children and teens are more susceptible to phobias and other anxiety disorders when their brain chemicals are out of balance. Specifically, the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine are involved in anxiety. In addition, researchers have found that some people with phobias have an overactive amygdala.

How long do phobias last in a teenager?

If they have a phobia, they typically experience a high level of fear for six months or more. Therefore, teenage fears and phobias can disrupt daily life, including school, work, and social activities. Symptoms of a phobia are similar to those of a panic attack.

Why does my 10 year old son have anxiety?

My 10 year old son has extreme anxiety at night. He has always had trouble falling asleep and now it has turned into this obsessive anxiety reaction to nighttime and going to bed. He thinks he hears scary noises, and sees scary things and that aliens are watching him.

When does a child develop a phobia or fear?

Children can develop fears and phobias at any age, but they are especially common during early childhood, and again during puberty. Infants can appear to be upset, to be irritable and sleepless, but in very small children, such behaviour is more likely to be caused by hunger, cold, and physical diseases than anxiety.

When to worry about your child’s worries-anxiety?

A child with social anxiety fears meeting or talking to people. Most children are occasionally shy or self-conscious, but when a kid is excessively worried about doing something embarrassing or being judged negatively, she may have this disorder.

How to help a 10 year old with dark phobia?

Let him know that the therapy…look for CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) should be able to help with this specific type of phobia and things will get better for him. Until then, take the pressure off it needing to be dark to sleep. We have found CBT to be very successful for specifc phobia type of anxieties like fear of dark.