Fears & Phobias are something that can be experienced by all at some point or another. However, frequent occurrences of the same could mean that the person is actually suffering from a fear and phobia disorder. It is a known fact that a feeling particularly uncomfortable and anxious never feels good!
In the case of kids, these fears and phobias could get a little too intense and painful. Nevertheless, the only added benefit is that your young one can prepare to handle the unnerving experience and face life’s challenges without a hiccup in the future.
Being the caretaker and guardian of the child, you should be well- aware that many anxieties and fears are normal. The dictionary meaning of anxiety explains it to be ‘apprehension without apparent cause’. This further broken down means, there is no real, immediate threat to the child or person yet they are surrounded by the feeling of being threatened beyond bounds.
Kids that have fears/ anxieties about certain things could prove to be helpful as they behave in a safer way than the conventional carefree nature. Kids suffering from these disorders go through a change in the nature of the anxieties as they grow:
1. Infants normally experience minor anxieties such as clinging to parents when confronted with a person they do not recognize.
2. Toddlers that are around 10- 18 months face another set of anxiety causing them to become emotionally distressed on having one or both parents leave.
3. Children around the age group of 4-6 usually face unrealistic fears about ghosts and monsters. Basically, things that do not exist and they’ve heard about or seen on television.
4. Lastly, in the case of children around the age group of 7- 12 years, face fears that are caused on account of real circumstances and situations that they’ve been exposed to. For instance: A natural calamity, a death in the family or an accident.
As kids grow and develop, so do their fears. Of course, many of which, are replaced by other fears…