When a child encounters serious anxiety problems, their well-being is not the only one that is affected; even their social relationships are also hampered. Their feelings and the symptoms of their condition can be felt by all the people that surround them.
Here are the main people that are affected when a child is anxious:
A child’s anxiety also leads to a parent’s anxiety. Parents may end up blaming their parenting style for bringing about the child’s condition. Your worry and your child’s severe anxiety can be felt by other members of the family and can then affect the whole family dynamics and home atmosphere.
An anxious child’s siblings may feel confused, concerned, or even upset about the anxious behavior their sibling is demonstrating. The rest of the family can then feel the tense and uneasiness. Siblings of the anxious child should also get support from parents, and you need to explain to them what is happening to their brother or sister. You can also let them know how they can react to their sibling’s anxiety episodes and how they can show their support.
Some anxious children have close-knit groups of friends at school and some got no friends at all. Studies show that anxious children don’t participate in after-school activities at all and some refuse to go to school entirely. This can somehow affect how other children surrounding them operate as influence can have many forms.
Some anxious children act out or behave aggressively toward their teachers. Teachers may find a hard time letting these anxious children open up in the class or deal with the subjects at school. Teachers may also get affected if the anxious children refuse to participate in the class, avoid submitting their assignments and homework, or show other behaviors that can make education harder.
The points above should be factored in when crafting a child’s treatment plan. While the treatment is ongoing, parents, siblings, friends, and teachers should just continue showing their support and adjust accordingly when situations start to get worrying and critical.