Anxiety: How much is too much?

Valissa Milanovich 

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau

Everyone experiences anxiety.

This natural emotion can be productive when it motivates us to reach our goals or to avoid danger.

Some people, however, experience too much anxiety. For them, anxiety gets in the way of things they want to do.

Kids often report being anxious, nervous or worried about tests, sporting events, meeting new people. Parents need to know how much anxiety is too much. Here are signs that your child may be overly anxious:

– Excessive worry (apprehensive expectation) occurring most days for at least 6 months.

–¬† Difficulty controlling the worry.

– Physical symptoms such as restlessness (feeling keyed up or on edge), fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep; restless, unsatisfying sleep)

The anxiety, worry or physical symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, including missing school and not socializing with peers.

If you know a child who may be experiencing too much anxiety, consider getting help at Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau.

Day and evening counseling appointments are available. Most insurance plans are accepted, and a sliding scale fee is available for families who qualify. For more information or to schedule an intake call 651-464-3685.

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau is a non-profit organization serving the Forest Lake School District and all of Chisago County to ensure the success of youth.

For an appointment, call 651-464-3685.