Children’s Anxiety Disorders: symptoms, triggers, and how you can help

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are affecting 1 in 8 children in the United States, which could put them at risk of poor school performance, sleep disturbances, maintaining relationships with peers and substance abuse as they get older.

Dr. Mark Menolascino, medical director of the Meno Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, visited the studio Tuesday morning to share his insights on how to help your kids reduce and cope with anxiety.

Common complaints among anxious children and adults may include headaches, dizziness, stomach problems, muscle aches, shortness of breath, elevated heart beats, feeling agitated, constant worrying and procrastination.

“Providing children with a sense of calm is critical in today’s families,” said Menolascino. “It’s also critically important that we explore cleaner versions of medicines to reduce the toxic load on all of us in order to help our bodies manage the mental stress in both children and adults.”

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