Phobias in Children
Panic or Phobia?
Children are always scared of something. It is normal for a child to have a degree of fear of some things and that fear could save their lfe. These are the normal fears we teach as children at a very young age, do not touch the stove or outlet are reasonable normal fears that we want them to have, but some children suffer from phobias. A phobia is an uncommon fear of people, objects or situations which exceeds the symptoms of a panic disorder. A child's behavior maybe compromised by a trigger of their phobia up to six months.
If your child has panic disorder that elevates or is triggered by someone, an object or an unfamiliar situations, it may be caused by a phobia.
Phobias create feelings of fear so intense that they disrupt the child’s daily life and routine. They go far beyond the ordinary fears of childhood,and do not subside even with reassurance from parents or other caregivers.
Types of Common Phobias in Children
The most common phobias in children are not as different as an adult. Phobias create feelings of fear so intense that they disrupt the child’s daily life and routine. They go far beyond the ordinary fears of childhood. It is so intense that the parents or caregivers can't reassure them that everything is ok.
The most common of those phobias are: fear of lightning, blood, spiders, insects, needles, seperation for parents, heights, the dark, enclosed spaces, flying, extreme shyness and avoids public places, and in some cases learned behavior when a caregiver repeatedly talks of thier fear of somone or something,
Treatment of Children with Phobias
The most common treatment for Children with Phobias is anti-anxiety medication to help keep the child relaxed. The most popular therapy is ladder therapy, This is where a Doctor, Psyciatrist, or Therapists allows the child the slowly face their fear in a safe environment. For Children with Agoraphobia, or the fear of being outside, the exposure would be gradual until the child feels safe with its surroundings, it may take years for a child to overcome a phobia. Phobias usually carry on until adulthood. Knowing the signs and symptoms early and early prevention is the best start. Consult your Doctor if you think your child suffers from any of the symptoms listed above.
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