Children's Panic Attacks

Is a Child's Panic Attack
Like an Adult's?

Chidren can suffer from panic attacks too.

 

A child's panic attack is different in both manifestation and causes from a regular anxiety attack.

Both children and teenagers can suffer from these attacks and afterwards they often have feelings of frustration and/or depression.

Parents can play a very important role in helping them get over this frightening and confusing time.

Since children experience emotional issues such as panic and anxiety very differently than adults teaching them about this condition can also make a big difference.

There are two different types of children panic attacks which are most known. They are Generalized anxiety Disorder and Separation anxiety Disorder.

Generalized
Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder can effect children.

The main characteristic of GDa (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) is a feeling of continuous anxiety about events.

The event could have taken place either in the past, present or future time.

The important point here is not what the child is worrying about, but the fact that the child no longer is behaving like a child.

These chidren will trying to accept adult responsibilities which in most cases are things beyond their power.

The amount of time the child spends worrying is another part of the problem and typically out of the child's control.

The best treatment is generally through therapy where the the child is taught how to relax and cope with whatever the problem is using positive self-talk.

They are also generally taught to explore their feelings in discussions with other people.

 

Some children suffer from Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation
Anxiety Disorder

This appears when the child is separated from his familiar environment and/or from his family.

Children may experience panic when they are separated from loved ones or the life that they are used to.

This kind of disorder often affects young children, especially when the caregiver (generally a parent) disappears and a stranger (the babysitter) appears.

The child may avoid doing what they believe is causing the change and if that doesn't "work"may worry excessively about what went wrong.

Treating this disorder also does not involve medication but therapy.

The most common method used is role-playing where the child is taught that nothing bad is happening and that they are not at fault.

The harm children who suffer panic attacks comes from delayed social development because of all the energy the child pours into inappropriate and non-productive worrying.

Immediate treatment as soon as the problem is noticed is can not be stressed strongly enough and can stop problem that might develop later.