Anxiety can manifest differently in children compared to adults due to various factors such as cognitive development, communication abilities, and coping mechanisms. Understanding these distinctions is crucial for identifying and addressing anxiety in children effectively.
Children might not have the vocabulary or cognitive ability to articulate their feelings accurately. They might express their anxiety through physical symptoms, avoidance behaviors, or changes in mood or behavior, such as irritability, clinginess, or excessive crying. Adults, on the other hand, can often verbalize their feelings more explicitly.
Children may also not be able to identify the specific causes of their anxiety, whereas adults might have a better understanding of the triggers.
Children might lack the coping skills that adults have developed over time. They might resort to behaviors like thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, or temper tantrums,
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