Helping Children to overcome Anxiety attacks

Boy holding onto his mother
Panic or anxiety affects people physically, emotionally and psychologically, and is a form of stress. Anxiousness isn’t a uniquely adult issue. Children can also suffer panic and anxiety, usually as a result of worrying about the future. Children will not have as much control over their lives as adults, so they are likely to become anxious when dealing with a situation that is beyond their control.

The ways anxiety can impact on children.

A little panic or anxiety in childhood is normal and a good number of children go through phases of it. These phases are as a general rule temporary and harmless with no lasting effect. However, there are some children who find they are routinely plagued by tension and anxiety.

Just like adults, children can be troubled with anxiety attacks in a variety of ways. They normally start shaking or hyperventilating and sometimes can become hot, fidgety and red in the face.

Sources of anxiety for children can include school, where there is a pressure to perform, as well as social problems, such as intimidation, making friends or household unrest. The problem is that when a child develops anxiousness they can become withdrawn, uneasy or fearful and this can have a powerful effect on their development. It can cause avoidance of any circumstance that they perceive as scary. For instance, anxiety and panic at high school can lead to absenteeism, as they seek to steer clear of the negative feelings.

Children can have trouble sleeping, become moody, exhibit a reduction in concentration at school, miss social events and even try substance abuse if the problem is not addressed early enough. Early resolution of anxiety stop these behaviours being adopted as normal habits and therefore affecting them for his or her entire life.

Just what is the best way to resolve tension and anxiety in children?

A child suffering with anxiousness will almost certainly hold beliefs at a subconscious level that would trigger various unwanted habits and hypnotheraputic strategies can really help to tackle this subconscious problem. By using hypnotherapy the child can really be helped to come to terms with these feelings and deal with the underlying beliefs.

Although children may not have the maturity to understand or explain their feelings, he or she can still be helped. The hypnotherapist would try to look at the problems in their life from the child’s view. Kids are more open to hypnotherapy than adults, since they’re more likely to enjoy daydreaming than grownups and have active imaginations. Hypnosis is our natural learning state, which children employ frequently, so they normally relax and genuinely feel comfortable very quickly. When in trance, kids are free to let their creative imagination run wild. They create powerful visualisations that may help them find new creative ways of taking on the anxiety problems.

During a typical hypnosis session the hypnotherapist will look for the relevant stresses in the child’s life. Having found the causes they can be addressed by the implementation of some simple hypnotherapeutic techniques which should help the child set up some new relevant beliefs.

Giselle Monbiot who provides therapy in Kingston upon Thames, explained why in her view hypnotheraputic tactics are extremely effective in the treatment of anxiety in children “Children have wonderful imaginations, which they enjoy exploring. This means they are really open to visualisations and can create the most amazing imagery themselves. The changes can happen extremely quickly and permenantly.” Please call Giselle on 07847 386562

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