How To Diagnose And Treat Anxiety Attacks In Children


Anxiety and panic attacks in children are actually everywhere. But they are in many cases not diagnosed and underreported.
It is also becoming apparent among doctors, that many of the adults who suffer from panic attack disorder started having them in childhood. These patients had their first manifestation of panic attack condition in childhood, usually in a more minor way. The condition was not diagnosed and treated properly, and therefore developed further when the child became a teenager. It than become a clinical condition in adulthood, in many cases a variation of the childhood disorder.

Common symptoms of child anxiety attacks:

Many children suffer from stress in some way. In many cases, it is normal to have these sensations on occasion. That's why it is important to distinguish between normal levels of anxiety and unhealthy or pathologic levels of anxiety. In the physical level of symptoms, a child can develop headache, nausea, sweating, diarrhea, tingling, weakness, and shortness of breath. The mental symptoms include difficulty to think clearly, difficulty to concentrate and learn and loss of concentration.Like adults, children suffer form both "normal" anxiety as well as some of them develop a "disorder level" type of anxiety.

Different children anxiety treatments

Panic and anxiety in children can be treated pretty much in the same way it is treated in adults.

The three main approaches of anxiety disorder are:

Psychological Treatments — Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy or Behavioral Therapies. The focus in these therapy methods is in the mental aspect of the disorder, and the therapist is working with the patient in order to isolate the triggers that cause the episodes to erupt.

Psychopharmacological Treatments — drugs like Benzodiazepines that help control the panic attack symptoms. Another family of drugs is Serotonergic Agents — they are antidepressants that also act as anti-anxiety agents (Luvox, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil).

Environmental Treatments — removing stressful conditions at home, at school and other environments may help reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures. It's also recommended to get a lot of sleep at night, and avoid certain types of medication like anti-asthma treatments that was seen to promote panic attacks.

Alex Dale