Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children, and among the most confusing. Some very anxious children shut down, frozen with fear, while others lash out in a fight-or-flight response. In either case parents may have no idea what’s driving the behavior, and even the kids themselves don’t know why they’re uncomfortable or upset. A family we know just celebrated their 13-year-old’s full year without major meltdowns, after he was (finally) diagnosed with anxiety. As his mother wrote, “Finding out his defiance and aggression stemmed from anxiety has been so freeing to him.”
— Caroline Miller, Editorial Director
Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious.
How to help kids who are struggling without empowering their fears.
source: child mind.org