Often children will not have the language to be able to articulate anxiety, and often you will see their expression of anxiety through their behaviours.
- May return to thumb sucking, daytime accidents or bed wetting, or complain about aches and pains.
School aged children
- May cling more to parents, although this may show as increased competition with siblings for the parents’ attention.
- They may have nightmares, appetite disturbance, irritable or sad mood, increased bodily complaints, and can become either more withdrawn or more aggressive. They may show poor concentration on tasks like schoolwork.
How Children of Different Ages Show Anxiety and Stress.
Dr. Julie Poehlmann & Dr. Dave Riley University of Wisconsin-Madison