My 4 year old daughter has anxiety, but she hasn't always had it. She gets very nervous and scared (it seems like) whenever I have to drop her off at school, or if she is at home and my fiance or I go to work, she has a fit. She is very mature for her age in most ways, but this is a recent thing, which is why it concerns me. She is not the type to throw a tantrum if she does not get her way. She is very understanding and realizes there are rules to follow, etc. She just seems to be having trouble in this one area. When she gets nervous, she "clams up", starts chewing on her sleeve, or talks very softly, her eyes well up with tears, or she puts her hand over her mouth while she talks. It's almost like she's nervous or something. It definitely concerns me. I've made an appt with her doc, but that isn't until Wednesday. Has anyone else dealt with these type of symptoms for their child??Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 2:21 PM on Nov. 29, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)
I think its an attachment phase, my son did this. I gave him one of my "special" things to take to school so he could take care of it and he felt closer to me because of this item (a ring), and I always made sure he knew I was going to be home soon. It sounds like separation anxiety.
Answer by bjojola at 2:25 PM on Nov. 29, 2010
Answer by FXmomTo3 at 2:31 PM on Nov. 29, 2010
She is having a hard time. showing her emotions. Scared, mad, upset, ect....... that's all. I say. It is not anxiety. Just her growing up.
Answer by louise2 at 2:36 PM on Nov. 29, 2010
Your daughter sounds like my son. My four year old has anxiety and we see a therapist for him. He is very well behaved. Talking about it with your doctor is a great start. It is normal for preschoolers to have anxiety but if it interferes with her ability to have normal routines, socialize with kids her age, participate in age appropriate activities, and impacts how you do things or don't do things....then seek extra assistance. There is no down side to seeking temporary counseling. Some anxiety will pass and some lingers. If it lasts for more than a couple of months....see someone. If it passes with a few changes - no big deal. Sometimes anxiety is genetic. If you or her biological father have a history of anxiety talk to her doctor about her family history. Lots of people have it and we very rarely discuss it or treat it as seriously as we should.
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