1. Excessive worry or fear:
Although anxiety can show up in many different ways, excessive concern or fear is one of the most prevalent signs. Children may find this especially difficult because they may not know why they are feeling this way or what to do about it.
2. Nightmares or night terrors:
Children may also experience nightmares or night terrors, which can be very scary and cause a lot of distress.
3. Difficulty sleeping:
Anxiety can also lead to difficulty sleeping, which can in turn lead to fatigue and other physical symptoms.
4. Restlessness or irritability:
Anxious children may also be restless or irritable, often due to the stress and tension they're feeling.
5. Physical symptoms:
Anxiety can cause a range of physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue.
6. Behavioral problems:
In addition to physical symptoms, anxiety can also cause behavioral problems such as overactivity or withdrawal.
7. Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks:
Anxious children may also have difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks, something that can be frustrating and demoralizing for them.
8. Constant worrying about small things:
Children who are anxious often worry about things that others would not consider a big deal at all. This constant worrying can be very wearisome on them, both mentally and emotionally.
9. Avoiding social situations and activities they used to enjoy:
Children with anxiety may start to avoid social situations and activities that they used to enjoy, out of fear of being judged or embarrassed. This can isolate them from their peers and make them feel lonely and ostracized.
10. Feeling like they're constantly in danger:
Some children with anxiety may feel like they're constantly in danger, even when there is no real danger present. This can be extremely frightening for them and cause a great deal of distress.