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By Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw, MD
December 14, 2022
Category: Mental Health
Tags: Anxiety  

Anxiety is becoming increasingly apparent in today’s children. Nearly 9.4% of children in the United States have shown consistent signs of anxiety in the forms of worry, fear, restlessness, or sadness.  While some anxiety in children is normal and necessary for their development, too much can cause problems with their mental health.  It’s not always easy to identify the signs of anxiety in children, which is why Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw at Plano Psychiatric in Plano, TX is here to help support parents and their children.

What Are the Signs of Anxiety in Children?

When trying to identify if your child is struggling with anxiety, it is important to pay attention to their reactions to normal activities.  Many anxiety responses are typical and normal for a child’s development, but when they begin to overwhelm them or affect their daily activities, they may be dealing with something more.   Some things to look for include:

  • Extreme fear
  • Excessive worrying 
  • Consistent nervousness
  • Clinginess
  • Tantrums
  • Disinterest in fun activities
  • Sleep disturbances

What Triggers Child Anxiety?

Just as every child is different, so are their triggers.  Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw at Plano Psychiatric in Plano, TX is skilled in identifying your child’s triggers and helping them to manage their anxiety.  Some common triggers that children deal with are:

  • Fears (the dark, animals, objects, bad weather)
  • Being late
  • Being called out in class
  • Leaving their comfort zones (home, parents, objects)
  • Getting sick or seeing someone be sick
  • Losing a loved one
  • Being embarrassed

How Can I Help My Child?

Understanding the causes and symptoms of anxiety in children is the first step in helping your child.  Creating a calm and supportive atmosphere at home is also important to give them a safe space to decompress.  Additionally, many parents find it useful to teach their children mindfulness and breathing exercises to calm the body’s reaction.  However, if you notice your child’s anxiety worsen, Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw at Plano Psychiatric in Plano, TX is here to help.  Together, he can help identify the root cause of the anxiety and create a plan for managing it.  Call (972) 381-4237 or request an appointment through our patient portal.

By Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw, MD
September 26, 2022
Category: ADHD
Tags: ADHD  

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that typically begins in childhood and can negatively impact your child's performance in school as well as their personal relationships. But the good news is that even with ADHD children are able to succeed, they just need a little extra help. Treatment for ADHD can help your child manage a lot of the most damaging symptoms, which makes early treatment especially beneficial. It's important to be aware of the signs of ADHD and to seek help from your Plano, TX, pediatrician Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw of Plano Psychiatric.

Impulsivity

Children who suffer from ADHD are more likely to interrupt others and not wait their turn. They may also be more prone to outbursts at inappropriate times and have difficulty keeping their emotions in check or recognizing the emotions of others. In toddlers, these types of outbursts can manifest as temper tantrums.

Inattentiveness

Children with ADHD are not lazy, they simply struggle with paying attention and focusing on a single task. They can begin working on something and move on to the next thing that hooks their attention, leaving many things started but without finishing most. They may have trouble paying attention even when spoken to directly.

Hyperactivity

Related in some ways to impulsivity, hyperactivity refers to a child's inability to remain still and focused. This could mean that your child fidgets a lot or constantly wants to run around, maybe refusing to take part in calm and leisure activities.

ADHD Treatment in Plano, TX

Often, some of these signs are common among most children and are simply part of growing up. The concerns arise when these begin to have a negative impact on your child, both at home and in school, as well as their interactions with their peers.

For help with ADHD diagnosis and treatment in Plano, TX, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bradshaw of Plano Psychiatric by dialing (972) 381-4237.

By Dr. Kalonda Bradshaw, MD
July 05, 2022
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

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