Childhood Anxiety Disorders

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Problem Statement
Decision making skills are often difficult for children to develop, but for anxious children this ability is even more difficult. Anxiety is an issue that is largely ignored by our society and this become a problem for many people. Anxiety disorders are very serious and can lead to other issues, such as low self-esteem, depression, and even suicidal ideation. Identifying and treating issues as soon as possible is a crucial part of helping our children become productive, healthy adults.
School age children who have anxiety are often mistaken for being shy, but anxiety is much more than simple shyness or introversion. Anxiety disorders can be debilitating, especially if they go untreated and become worse. One
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Other researchers have proposed that coping strategies, comprehension issues, model persistence, or model support could possibly hold the key to solving this problem. This is a great start to a largely ignored problem and research area.
Anxiety researchers face many challenges, especially when dealing with children. First, the research much follow the strict ethical considerations regarding underage subjects. Second, this particular setting poses problems. Unfortunately, teachers do not always have enough time to monitor their children closely enough to identify issues or handle them properly. They need all of the kids to “be normal” so everyone can get through the day. This could mean that we need smaller classroom sizes, so each child receives more care. Another issues is how parents will want to handle anxiety. Mental health concerns are often seen as shameful and, understandably, many parents will not want to set their child up for that harsh label at a young
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It is possible that coping can help anxious children handle an unavoidable stressful situation such as school. A limitation of this theory is that what works for one child many not work for another child. Teachers will have to know several methods and be willing to teach all of them. This goes back to the issues of not having enough time. Comprehension issues are also a possible cause of anxiety. If we do not completely understand what is being expected of us, then we do not know how to handle the situation. This indecision can cause anxiety. Teachers will need to change their teaching methods to fit each child’s needs. Model persistence involves someone else showing and helping the child do a task. When the model does the activity and makes a decision, it can help the child learn how to make decisions even if they are unsure. It can provide confidence and support which is important for children who are unsure of themselves. Lastly, memory support can help children avoid test anxiety which can be a huge stressor for them. We are introduced to testing very early on in our lives and we understand that there is pressure and a certain level of expectation. We do not want to disappoint anyone, this can cause anxiety and lead children to decision making