Opposition or Anxiety?

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#Repost @childmindinstitute ・・・ While some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with an overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation. That behavior, which can be unmanageable, is often misread as anger or opposition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more commonly recognized symptoms of anxiety in a child are things like trouble sleeping in his own room or separating from his parents, avoidance of certain activities, a behaviorally inhibited temperament. Anyone would recognize those symptoms, but in other cases, the anxiety can be hidden. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the chief complaint is temper tantrums, or disruption in school, or throwing themselves on the floor while shopping at the mall, it’s hard to know what it means, but it’s not uncommon for the diagnosis to end up being a pretty profound anxiety disorder. It’s not uncommon for children with serious undiagnosed anxiety to be disruptive at school, where demands and expectations put pressure on them that they can’t handle. And it can be very confusing to teachers and other staff members to “read” that behavior, which can seem to come out of nowhere. 💖🧠🌱⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Read the full article: "How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior" at https://childmind.org/article/how-anxiety-leads-to-disruptive-behavior/ #tinyfriendsBIGFeelings #earlychildhoodeducation #childdevelopment #anxietyinchildren #oppositionalbehavior #earlychildhoodanxiety #preschoolmentalhealthandwellbeing #socialemotionaldevelopment #themoreyouknow

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