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September 14, 2020

Is My Child Suffering From Anxiety? Know the Signs.

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

With the school year back underway, children are learning to adjust to new schedules, social distancing measures or even full-time online learning at home due to COVID-19. Large changes like these may impact a child's mental health, leading to increased anxiety. Are you concerned your child may be suffering from anxiety? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are several signs your child may be suffering: 
Increased agitation and restlessness.

  • Inattention and poor focus.
  • Headaches or stomach aches.
  • Having episodes of troubled breathing, feeling dizzy, and sweaty.
  • Extreme concern about being away from parents.
  • Afraid of going to school and places where there are a lot of people.

If you are seeing these signs more frequently and consistently, it may be time to speak with your child’s health care provider, such as a nurse practitioner (NP), who can help determine the best course of action for your child.