It’s normal and common for children to have fears and worries. However, persistent fears and worries may require attention. When a child’s concerns and anxieties begin to take control of their life, it may be time to get help.

Types of Anxieties

There are many different types of anxiety, including:

  • Phobias: Having an extreme fear of a specific thing or situation such as dogs, cats or going to the dentist
  • Separation anxiety: Being afraid when they are away from parents
  • General anxiety: Being worried about the future and the possibility of bad things happening in the future
  • Social anxiety: Being afraid of settings and places that involve other people
  • Panic disorder: Having recurrent episodes of sudden and extreme fear, which include symptoms such as having trouble breathing or feeling dizzy

Psychology interventions could help children to manage and reduce their anxiety by allowing them to identify triggers and overcome phobias, modify maladaptive cognitive patterns that trigger anxiety, and develop empowered behaviors to live a happier life.