Approximately 20% of children who experience a traumatic event, such as physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, natural disasters or car wrecks, will develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Those with PTSD often have flashbacks and nightmares. They may appear on-edge and easily startled, or avoidant of reminders about the traumatic event.
Many children develop other types of anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, or Panic Disorder. Problematic levels of anxiety are treatable, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.
Many children’s anxiety manifests as physical problems, like stomach or headaches, rather than the cognitive complaints you’d expect to hear from adults, such as excessive worrying.