[Guest post on kids mental health by Dr. Caroline Buzanko for Health Stand Nutrition]
All kids worry at times. However, when they grow too big, worries can become overwhelming, exhausting, and debilitating. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for kids but often either goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed. When not addressed effectively, many kids go into adulthood struggling with anxiety for a long time. When left untreated, kids with anxiety disorders tend to miss out on important social experiences and are at higher risk for poor school performance, substance abuse, and other disorders such as depression. It is therefore critical that parents understand what anxiety is and how to help their kids. Here are the most important things every parent needs to know to get you started.