How to spot anxiety in children

Excessive Worry:

Children with anxiety may worry excessively about various aspects of their lives, such as school performance, friendships, or family issues.

Physical Symptoms:

Anxiety can manifest physically. Look for symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, muscle tension, fatigue, or complaints of feeling unwell.

Changes in Behavior:

Anxiety can lead to changes in behavior. A normally outgoing child might become more withdrawn or irritable.


An anxious child may exhibit perfectionistic tendencies, striving for perfection in their schoolwork or other activities, and becoming distressed when they fall short.

Sleep Problems:

Difficulty falling asleep, nightmares, or frequent waking during the night can be signs of anxiety in children.


Children with anxiety may avoid situations or activities that trigger their anxiety. This could include avoiding school, social events, or specific places.

Academic Issues:

Anxiety can impact a child's ability to concentrate and perform academically. Watch for changes in school performance or a sudden decline in grades.

Separation Anxiety:

Excessive fear or distress when separating from caregivers, even in age-appropriate situations, may indicate anxiety.

Physical Restlessness:

Restlessness, fidgeting, or an inability to sit still can be signs of anxious feelings.

Sensitive to Criticism:

Anxious children may be overly sensitive to criticism or perceived failures, reacting strongly to even mild feedback.