Anxiety, depression, stress, self-injury, suicide… these are not words that we like to associate with young people. In this issue, we have a number of articles that focus on these emotional difficulties, which unfortunately are not limited to the adults among us.
How to cope with an aching teen
Children and Anxiety
Some types of anxiety are normal in childhood, such as anxiety in the presence of a stranger; separation anxiety, which occurs between 18 months and 3 years of age; fear of monsters, which appears around 4 to 6 years; and phobias (irrational fears of objects or situations), which are common and disappear on their own.
Nearly everyone – young and old alike – has at least some aversion to needles. When that fear becomes so intense that it prevents patients from receiving necessary immunizations, injections or blood tests, then it’s known as needle phobia.
The typical two- to six-year-old will be afraid of, among other things, animals and loud noises, monsters and ghosts.