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Anxiety in Children

As parents, we all know that children experience anxiety from a very early age.  Anxiety in children usually begins with the boogeyman and the monster under the bed. Sometimes their environment causes the anxiety and sometimes a child just has an anxious personality.

Anxiety in children comes in the form of excessive crying, nightmares and temper tantrums. Some of these behaviors can be screams for help from their arising anxious feelings. For some children, anxiety can be brief and just a passing phase.

Anxiety in children comes in many forms such as a fear of the dark, animals, doctors, strangers, swimming, riding on a bus, going to school and separation anxiety. Anxiety can even manifest itself in the form of self-damaging habits such as nail biting, hair pulling, and biting.

If the anxiety persists beyond the preschool years, and if the anxiety is severe enough to interfere with a child’s daily activities, an evaluation by a professional should be considered.

Another option, and one that I have used successfully,  is to try natural supplements specifically formulated for anxiety.

I recommend Bad Dream Sprinkles to relieve these anxieties in children. I also highly recommend Calm Child , syrup or tablets! I use Calm Child  for my son who has aspergers. When he is having a melt down it calms him down quick!

K-OK Kiddie Calmer is great at relieving anxiety too! Also try Bach Kids Rescue Remedy Natural Stress Relief  it is a product brand frequently purchased at my husband’s store and has great reviews!

Teenagers with Anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about eight percent of teens ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety usually emerge around the age of 6. According to their report, only eighteen percent of these teens received treatment for their anxiety.

When anxiety takes hold of your teenager, it can be difficult to watch. Even occasional anxiety can limit your teenagers ability to live life to their fullest.

Don’t let fear take over. Natural relief in the form of natural supplements for anxiety can help alleviate anxiety symptoms quickly and safely.

A fantastic product for teens is  Native Remedies MindSoothe Jr. for Child and Teen Emotional Health & Balanced Mood.  For a better understanding on what natural supplements work for anxiety, read our article “Supplements for Anxiety”.   If you are looking for  fast acting relief try our Top picks for quick anxiety relief.

Studies on Children with Anxiety

Imaging studies show that children with anxiety disorders have atypical activity in specific brain areas, compared with other people. For example: In one very small study, anxious adolescents exposed to an anxiety-provoking situation showed heightened activity in brain structures associated with fear processing and emotion regulation, when compared with normal controls.

The Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS), in addition to other studies on treating anxiety in children, found that high-quality cognitive behavioral therapy, given with or without medication, can effectively treat anxiety disorders in children. One small study even found that a behavioral therapy designed to treat social phobia in children was more effective than an antidepressant medication.

This product by Native Remedies called “Socialfear Relief” is great at relieving social anxiety in children.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A common approach to treating anxiety in children is the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a talk therapy and its purpose is to help children recognize day-to-day situations that cause them anxiety. The parent and the child create lists of anxiety producing situations. They then learn how to gradually face these fears by using the cognitive behavioral coping skills they learned in therapy.

Another approach to treating anxiety in children is through the use of natural supplements for anxiety. Many holistic pediatricians recommend the use of natural supplements as opposed to prescription drugs to relieve the symptoms of anxiety in children.

You may want to check with your doctor about adding natural supplements for anxiety into your child’s treatment plan.

We use natural supplements for our son and they work wonders for him!

Recommended products that offer quick relief for anxiety in children:

Native Remedies Bad Dream Sprinkles , Native Remedies K-OK Kiddie Calmer , Native Remedies Socialfear ReliefBach Kids Rescue Remedy , Planetary Herbals Calm Child , Native Remedies MindSoothe Jr.

All of the natural supplements for anxiety products shown above can also be purchased through our Supplement Store.

If you have a child who wants to learn how to play yugioh, my son’s  Youtube channel Hero Kid (previously s montanaro), is a great place to start!

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects. If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling (psychotherapy) for symptoms to improve.

Dog Anxiety Cat Anxiety Horse Anxiety

In loving memory of our son’s first puppy, ‘Little Muffin’.

Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety

Unfortunately, pets get anxiety too! Thunderstorms, fireworks, going to the vet, riding in the car, door bells ringing, strangers and being left alone can all trigger dog anxiety and cat anxiety.

A seemingly normal calm animal can become an anxious animal after being exposed to a traumatic event such as abuse or exposure to daily stress like being left alone for long hours in a confined environment.

Did you know that an animal is very attuned to their owners emotions and when their owner is stressed they can become stressed too?

Signs of Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety

  • Hiding – Does you dog or cat run and hide during thunderstorms, when the doorbell rings, a stranger approaches or from the sound of fireworks? Hiding is a common reaction to fear.

 

  • Shaking & panting – If your pet shakes and pants during thunderstorms or fireworks they are probably experiencing dog anxiety or cat anxiety.

 

  • Chewing & Licking – Just like a nervous person chews on his/her nails, an anxious pet may chew on furniture or lick their paws  during a stressful event.

 

  • Seeking Comfort – During a thunderstorm or fireworks,  your dog or cat  may come to you for comfort.

 

  • Urinating or Defecating – When your pet is extremely anxious or scared they may urinate on the floor or in other inappropriate places.

Tips on How to Relieve Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety

  • Be consistent with the way you and your family react to your dog’s anxiety and your cat’s anxiety. Everyone needs to follow the same routine otherwise the pet will become confused.

 

  • Do not give your pet a different type of attention during a frightening episode this will only encourage the anxious behavior.

 

  • Never react to your pet’s anxiety and fear with anger. This will only result in adding more stress to your pet.

 

  • If you’re  anxious or afraid, your pet will pick up on your fear and this may make your pet more afraid too. Learn how to calm yourself or leave your pet with someone else during a foreseen stressful event.

 

  • During the fireworks or thunderstorm turn up the TV or the radio to drown out the noises. Provide a soft, cozy little area for your pet like a comfortable bed in a quite room that your pet can go to hide when they are scared.

 

  • Begin taking your pet on car rides, as well as acclimating him/her to loud noises, strangers, and children at an early age.

 

  • Make sure your pet gets a healthy diet and daily exercise. Exercise is essential in keeping your pet healthy and fit. Without exercise, your pet can become frustrated from boredom and act out through unwanted behaviors. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise on the day you know they’ll face a stressful event.

 

  • Some pets respond well to a pressure wrap. The gentle pressure of the wrap can help your pet feel more secure and less fearful. Wrap your pet right away if you know a storm is coming. This will help calm your pet before its fear increases and triggers unwanted behaviors.

 

  • Try using Appeasement pheromone natural products. They mimic the natural chemical signals in your pet that help them remain calm. These natural products come in the form of disposable collars, sprays and diffusers.

 

  • If your dog’s anxiety and cat’s anxiety is affecting his/her quality of life, you should consider consulting with an animal behaviorist. An animal behaviorist can help you modify your pet’s behavior.
 

 

Another approach to helping your pet calm down during periods of dog anxiety and cat anxiety is through the use of natural holistic homeopathic remedies.

These homeopathic remedies reduce separation anxiety and fear during stressful situations and everyday disturbances.

The Natural  Herbs for Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety I Suggest Are:

  • Lavender – Massage lavender oil on the pads of your dog’s feet to calm your dog’s anxiety.  It will be absorbed quickly into their system and it will not harm them if they lick their paws. You can also use a Lavender spray in their bedding.

 

  • Valerian – Valerian root is one of the most calming herbals for pets. Use the supplement developed for pets and give it to your pet hour or two before a stressful event.

 

  • Flower Essences– These natural herbs can be used in many different ways to calm dog anxiety and cat anxiety. You can add it to your pets water or even in its mouth. You can massage it into your pets fur or you can spray it on your pet’s bed or spray it on a bandana and place it around your dog’s neck.

 

  • Ashwagandha – This calming natural herb can help pets adapt to stressful situations. It can be given in your pet’s food everyday.

 

  • Catnip – This calming herb is also good for dog anxiety. It is a great option because you can grow your own as well as purchase it in a store.

 

Dog Anxiety & Cat Anxiety

The natural supplements & homeopathic remedies displayed below are excellent for dog anxiety and cat anxiety during separation, thunderstorms, and competitive events.

Bach Rescue Remedyis a great product! People come into my husband’s store all the time asking for Rescue Remedy. They say that when their dog is left alone at home, it works wonders on their dog’s anxiety.

Have you heard of the ThunderShirt? This shirt comfortably surrounds your pet providing pressure which relieves your dog’s anxiety. Try the pressure shirt displayed below next time your dog travels or is exposed to fireworks or a thunderstorm.

 

 Visit our supplement store to shop by category.

If you’re considering any herbal supplement as a treatment for dog anxiety or cat anxiety, talk to your veterinarian first, especially if your pet is taking other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.

If your dog’s anxiety or your cat’s anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your veterinarian. More serious forms of dog anxiety and cat anxiety may need medical treatment or behavioral modification therapy for symptoms to improve.

 

Vitamin B12 Deficiency & Neuropathy

I gradually began to have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. I would wake up

in the middle of the night and my arms would be asleep. I really became concerned when I woke up one morning, stood up and could hardly walk. My feet felt like they were on fire and I had sharp piercing pain on the bottom of my feet like someone was sticking needles in me.

I became very anxious about this and started worrying excessively about having neuropathy. When the symptoms worsened, I went to see my doctor. The doctor was concerned that I might have diabetic neuropathy so she ordered lab tests. Thank goodness  the lab results came back negative.  I didn’t have diabetes!

It was horrible! I could not walk without having this stabbing, burning pain and the doctors did not know what was causing it. I tried different kinds of gel pads in my tennis shoes, but the pads were of little help. Eventually, the pain was so bad that I could no longer wear regular shoes or flip flops.

Side note** I finally found a pair of shoes I could wear without adding gel pads and my feet started to feel a little better. They were Go Walk Skechers.
This surprised me because I don’t usually like Skecher shoes. Trust me, if you have feet problems, give the Go Walk Skechers  a try. Back to the story…

As the burning and needle like pain increased, my anxiety worsened. I made another visit to the doctor. This time she said my feet appeared to have a fungus so she gave me a prescription for anti-fungal cream. I used the cream as directed and soaked my feet in Epsom salt nightly, but the burning and stinging pain persisted. In addition, I was still waking up in the middle of the night with my arms and fingers tingling and numb.

I was really getting anxious and contemplating scheduling an appointment with a specialist when my husband brought home a Vitamin Retailer Magazine. One of the articles in the magazine caught my eye. It was an article about Vitamin B12 deficiency. The article described the symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency and they were the same symptoms that I was having.

My husband works at a health food store, so the next day he brought me home a bottle of  Jarrow Formulas Methyl-B12. The article said to take 2000 mcg for one month and then to decrease to 1000 mcg after a month.

I immediately starting taking the Methyl-B12 1000 Mcg.  After a couple of days, the burning started to decrease. After a week, the needle like pain began to subside. Within 3 weeks my feet were pain free and I started wearing regular shoes again. In addition, my arms & fingers stopped falling asleep in the middle of the night. Hurray! My feet are pain free!

I continue to take Vitamin B12 Methyl every day. If I stop for too long, the burning and needle like pain return.

If you are having burning sensations and needle like pain in your feet, I suggest you try Vitamin B-12 Methylcobalamin to see if it helps you like it did me. Make sure you check with your doctor first.

It is very important to only use a high quality Vitamin B12 with Methylcobalamin from a reputable manufacturer which are listed in our supplement store: Jarrow, Life Extension, Natural Factors, Solgar, or Doctors Best. If you use a low quality B12 without Methylcobalamin, you may not see any results. The Methylcobalamin (Methyl for short) is what makes the difference.

Did I mention that my anxiety is better too? I don’t know if it is because I am taking Methyl-B12 or if it’s just because I don’t have to worry about my feet anymore.

Another way to help find anxiety relief is to  to read my article on Natural Supplements for Anxiety and visit my Supplement Store which contains products specifically designed for  anxiety relief.

 

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplements talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.

Depression and Anxiety

Many people with anxiety disorders also suffer from some form of depression.

The depression can range from mild to severe depression.

If you suffer from anxiety or know someone who does, be on the look out for the warning signs of major depression. Most people who suffer from major depression often lack the ability to see whats happening to them. The presence of major depression can complicate the treatment of anxiety disorders.

The following is a list of symptoms to look for to help you determine if you are depressed and whether or not you may need to consult with a mental health professional.

Depression Symptoms

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is diagnosed when a person has many of the following symptoms and the depression is interfering with day to day activities such as work, school, sleeping, eating, and enjoying life.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

 

Types of Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are several types of depression:

  • Major depression,—severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. An episode can occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, a person has several episodes.
  • Persistent depressive disorder—depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for 2 years.
  • Psychotic depression, which occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false beliefs or a break with reality (delusions), or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).
  • Postpartum depression, which is much more serious than the “baby blues” that many women experience after giving birth. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer.
  • Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is not as common as major depression or persistent depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes—from extreme highs to extreme lows.

Childhood Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Children who develop depression often continue to have episodes as they enter adulthood.

Depression in adolescence frequently co-occurs with other disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse. It can also lead to increased risk for suicide.

A child with depression may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that a parent may die. Older children may sulk, get into trouble at school, be negative and irritable, and feel misunderstood.

Depression during the teen years comes at a time of great personal change—when boys and girls are forming an identity apart from their parents, grappling with gender issues and emerging sexuality, and making independent decisions for the first time in their lives.

Childhood depression often persists, recurs, and continues into adulthood, especially if left untreated.

 

How to Fight Depression




Anxiety and depression can be triggered in many ways. For instance, chemical imbalance can be caused by too much sugar in the diet, wheat/gluten allergy, mold allergy, excess alcohol intake, vitamin deficiency, mineral deficiency, essential fatty acid deficiency, amino acid deficiency, allergies to additives and food coloring, exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and side effects to prescription medication.

When doctor’s and insurance companies  insist that  the sole treatment for chemical imbalance is prescription drugs we lose sight of the delicate biochemistry of the mind and body that can be manipulated by food and other medications.

Therefore, it is up to you to take charge of your own health and not just assume your anxiety & depression is from a chemical imbalance. For a more natural relief of your anxiety and depression, we recommend visiting a holistic doctor or a regular physician who offers a holistic approach to your health.

In addition, begin eating a wholesome organic diet, taking natural supplements, being active and exercising daily. Set realistic goals, break up large tasks into small ones and set priorities.

Try not to isolate yourself. Spend time with friends and find someone you can confide in. Try positive thinking by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Finally, try simple relaxation techniques such as stretching and yoga to calm and relax your mind.

For more information on natural supplements, read our article on natural supplements for anxiety. The natural supplements listed in this article are also good for depression. You can link to the companies that sell these products from our hand picked Supplement Store. You can also check out our top picks for quick anxiety relief here.

 

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.

If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling for symptoms to improve.

What is Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a strong fear of being judged by others and

of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it interferes with  daily life, such as going to work or school.

According to the National Comorbidity Survey, a U.S. poll on mental health, social anxiety disorder is the third most prevalent psychiatric disorder in Americans, after depression and alcohol dependence.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH ) 6.8 percent of U.S. adults and 5.5 percent of 13 to 15 year-olds are annually afflicted by social anxiety.

Most people have felt embarrassed or anxious  at times.  For instance, when they have to give a speech or attend a meeting where they have to meet new people.  However, people with social anxiety worry excessively about these social situations days or even weeks before they have to participate in them.

People with social anxiety are usually afraid of doing normal tasks in front of strangers such as signing a check, calling someone on the telephone, eating in front of other people, or using a public restroom.

People with social anxiety usually know that they shouldn’t be as afraid as they are, but they can’t help it. They may even avoid going to places and events that they really want to go to because they think they might have to do something that will embarrass them. (Check out our Top Picks for Quick Anxiety Relief.)

What Causes Social Anxiety?

No one knows for sure why some people have social anxiety and some people don’t. However, we do know that social anxiety sometimes runs in families.

Social anxiety usually begins in childhood and affects about 15 million American adults. Scientific research indicates that  several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. Scientists hope to be able to create better treatments for social anxiety by learning more about fear and anxiety in the brain.

Scientists are also conducting research to determine how stress and environmental factors play a role  in social anxiety.

We recommend these products for quick Social Fear Relief. Native Remedies Socialfear Relief and Native Remedies Agorafear Relief

 

What Symptoms Do People With Social Anxiety Experience?

  • They are very anxious around other people and find it difficult to join in conversation, even though they wish they could.
  • They get embarrassed easily and are very self-conscious in front of other people.
  • They feel that other people are judging them.
  • They worry excessively for days or weeks before an event where they have to  speak in public or have to meet new people.
  • They avoid places where there are other people.
  • They find it difficult to make and keep friends.
  • They easily blush, sweat, or tremble around other people.
  • They often feel nauseous or experience an upset stomach when they are with other people.

 

Social Anxiety Diagnosis

If a person started having social anxiety symptoms at a young age and has had social anxiety symptoms for at least 6 months, a doctor may be able to form a social anxiety disorder diagnosis. Without treatment, social anxiety can last for many years or a lifetime.

After a person discusses their symptoms with their doctor, the doctor should do an exam to rule out any other physical problems that might be causing the symptoms.

What are some Treatments for Social Anxiety?




The most common type of therapy used for social anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to fearful situations. Cognitive behavioral therapy also includes teaching hands on social skills, which are practiced during therapy.

Medication is often prescribed to help treat social anxiety. The most commonly prescribed medications for social anxiety are anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants. There are many different types of anti-anxiety medications.  Some of these medications begin working right away, but should not be taken over a long period of time.

Some doctors, especially holistic doctors, may recommend  natural supplements for anxiety as a treatment plan for anxiety.  There are many natural supplements that can help relieve social anxiety symptoms. We recommend the following natural supplements:

Omega-3
Chamomile
Lemon Balm
Passion Flower
Kava Kava
Valerian Root
5-HTP
St. John’s Wort
Gaba
Sam-E
Rhodiola
L-Arginine
L-Lysine
L-Tyrosine
L-Theanine

Top Picks for Quick Relief!

Check out our Supplement Store for the best quality supplements for anxiety. You can link to each product from our store.

 

If you’re considering taking any herbal supplement as a treatment for anxiety, talk to your doctor first, especially if you take other medications. The interaction of some herbal supplements and certain medications can cause serious side effects.
If your anxiety is interfering with daily activities, talk with your doctor. More serious forms of anxiety generally need medical treatment or psychological counseling for symptoms to improve.