Written by Dr. Joshua Harwood
Josh is a chartered clinical psychologist specialising in working with children and families.
Anxiety is the feeling of worry or fear we experience as a natural response to something in our environment we deem threatening, a bit like a human car alarm. Just as adults do, all children and young people experience anxiety from time to time, especially when they go through big life transitions like starting at a new school or undertaking an important exam. Some anxiety is normal and healthy, warning us that we might be getting into danger. However, when anxiety is triggered easily or lasts a long period of time, it may be a sign that something is not quite right. Constant anxiety can be very distressing and isolating for children and also for those who care for them. It can lead to issues at school, in their home lives and with their friendships, causing problems with their wider health and well-being.
If you are worried that your child may be struggling with their anxiety, it’s important to seek appropriate professional support. This may be your GP in the first instance, or our Ask the Expert service, which can provide health information and support via email. You may also find it helpful to learn a bit more about this topic and some tips and tools you can use to help your child manage their anxiety.