Eye of the Storm
Anxiety is common and even normal in every stage of life. Think of a fussy baby, a 2-year-old's tantrum, an elementary school child not wanting to go to school, or a teen nervous about an upcoming test. Depending on the kid and the situation, the anxiety can be mild. This is to be expected and usually comes and goes in phases as a child grows and learns to cope. That said, some people experience anxiety to a greater extent. "It may be time to seek the assistance of a licensed psychologist or counselor when the anxiety seems to be impairing functioning with one's daily life in at least two settings, such as at home, at school, at work (if applicable), and in social settings," says Tina Schneider, Ph.D., a licensed counseling psychologist who works in private practice in Westerville, Ohio. The following are some very common anxiety triggers that your child will likely face throughout childhood and the teenage years. The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to help them when these situations arise.