Anxiety & Children, Social Networking & Anxiety, Who Suffers from Panic Attacks? – May 2012

May 2012 Industry News

Anxiety and Children

Children are often the symbol of happy-go-lucky times and a carefree attitude. After all, children don’t have much to worry about, or in the extreme case be anxious about; right?

Actually children can suffer from various degrees of anxiety from the more normal (not wanting to take a test) to the more extreme. During National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12) many anxiety professionals are addressing parents’ concerns about the anxiety their child may be facing.

According to Jerome Bubrick, PhD the important factor of anxiety and how it affects children is determining the different types of anxiety disorders, and how they differ from an ordinary level of anxiety. He goes on to say that it is estimated 8-10% of American children suffer from an anxiety disorder in a year. So it is important for a parent or guardian to be able to identify anxiety disorder indicators in their child, so that they may be addressed by a professional.

Teachers, and other adults that students interact with while at school, can be a big help in identifying anxiety symptoms in children. In an article written by Jessica Minahan, while anxiety affects one in eight children it often is a hidden disability and goes undiagnosed. It is important for teachers and parents to recognize behavioral signs, such as:

  • Inflexibility
  • Over-reactivity or “out of the blue” reactions
  • Emotional intensity
  • Impulsivity
  • Avoidance
  • Physical symptoms – sweating, shaking, or blushing

We all want our children to experience a joyful childhood, but unfortunately some children do suffer with anxiety disorders. Thankfully there are experts out there that can help your child and you with anxiety.

Does Online Social Networking Have Any Effect on Social Anxiety?

In today’s modern world we clearly have a dependency on social networking platforms and their uses as a form of social connection with the outside world. And since they are playing such a big role in some social interactions, it makes you wonder ‘How does social networking effect social anxiety?”

According to some, the reliance on this online form of social interaction is actually making individuals develop social anxieties, and worse, making those who already experience this anxiety disorder have a harder time dealing with interacting with people face-to-face. Some companies have even started the development of “gadgets” that help people deal with this social networking developed anxiety.

On the flip side you have those that claim social networking actually allows those with anxiety to connect with people they wouldn’t have otherwise, because they are safely at home using a computer. There are even some social networks created just for those suffering from social anxiousness.

Whether you believe online social networks are creating anxiety or helping it, social networks are here to stay (for the most part). Learning how to tackle your own social anxiety is the key to having healthy interactions with others in various social situations.

Who Suffers From Anxiety or Panic Attacks?

With major stories, like Giant’s player Aubrey Huff experiencing an 8 hour panic attack, hitting national news it really does make you wonder ‘Who exactly suffers from anxiety?’

Really anyone could be suffering from an anxiety disorder; even that bright professional you speak with every day. According to the National Institute of Mental Health 18.1% of US adults suffer from an anxiety disorder within a 12 month period. To put it in perspective you have to realize that anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental disorders an American can experience.

Those suffering from anxiety don’t always fit into the mold of a high-stress lifestyle or the socially awkward individuals. Even those who seemingly have worry-free (or party-hardy) lives can suffer from panic induced attacks. Take Jersey Shore star Vinny for example. He recently wrote a book “Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool”, which is all about his own experiences with dealing with anxiety.

It is just important to remember that anyone can suffer from a debilitating anxiety disorder, even the most unlikely. If your or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, it is important to try to understand the issue and find a way to handle it that works for you.


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