Special Need: Anxiety
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ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:
Anxiety is the outward expression of being nervous and worried. Children often complain about themselves and others. They give the impression to others that they do not like themselves. They are not satisfied with their physical appearance or the appearance of other children. They tend to worry a lot, and their worry makes it difficult to pay attention to their school work or daily activities. They may not like to bathe. They avoid leaving their homes or familiar surroundings and may avoid outside exposures to people or new experiences. Due to their worrying, they have difficulty communicating with other people, including children their own age, and may have a low interest in school sports and academics. Often they have difficulty sleeping. They either overeat or undereat.
NUMBER OF CHILDREN/PEOPLE AFFECTED: About 1 in 8
TREATMENT: See Your Pediatrician
People living with anxiety for extended periods of time are also more likely to develop depression.