Do you have an anxious child?
It is normal for children to feel anxious sometimes, just as it is for adults. Life changes (including moving home or starting school) and unexpected and stressful events affect each of us in different ways.
For some children, anxiety can become a persistent problem, which begins to affect their everyday life, interfering with their relationships, home life and school. Types of anxiety include separation anxiety (worrying about not being with their parent), which is more typical in younger children, but can also manifest in older children, in some cases with persistent worries about their parent’s or their own safety. School related anxiety can have a significant effect on a child’s life, making it difficult for them to go to school or cope with school work. It can be related to friendships or bullying, as well as to school work or relationships with their teachers. Some children who have experienced frightening or distressing events go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder, which can occur sometimes months and years after the event.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways, including:
- Worries and phobias
- Disturbed sleep and nightmares
- Changes in appetite and eating habits
- Negative thinking and low self esteem
- Restlessness and agitation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tummy aches and going to the toilet frequently
- Overwhelming shyness or embarrassment
- Obsessive thinking and behaviours
Anxiety can also manifest in less obvious ways, and in some children it can be hidden beneath defiance, angry and disruptive behaviour, or temper tantrums.
This is a topic close to my heart. I struggled with social anxiety my whole childhood, and it had a huge impact on my life. As an adult I slowly began to realise how much my fears and worries were holding me back, and I embarked on a journey of healing with homeopathy and psychotherapy. Both healing modalities have helped me significantly, and as a result of my experience with homeopathic treatment, I subsequently trained to be a homeopath. I am now a practitioner and teacher of homeopathy with more than 20 years experience in the profession.
**This year I have decided to focus on helping children with different types of anxiety through offering places on a research study into the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment for anxiety disorders in childhood.
Places are available for children between the ages of 5 and 18, and if you think your child may be eligible to take part, please get in touch. Participation involves a commitment to six appointments, which can be face to face in Tavistock, Devon or via Skype or telephone. Families from anywhere in UK can take part. *Cost of treatment is at a significantly reduced rate for the duration of the study.* CLICK HERE TO JOIN THIS STUDY.**
My aim is to treat the children taking part using individualised homeopathic treatment over an initial course of six consultations, and using an established patient evaluation process (MYMOP) show the degree of effectiveness of the treatment. I also aim to learn more about children’s experience of anxiety disorders, and through this study further improve outcomes for my young clients.
My experience has shown that homeopathy can be highly effective in healing anxiety disorders and all their associated symptoms, in both adults and children, and this study aims to show the outcomes of a course of treatment through parent and client evaluation of the results.