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Anxiety is defined as an "apprehension without an apparent cause." It usually occurs when there is no immediate threat to a person's safety or well-being, but the threat feels real.

Having fears or anxieties about certain things can be helpful because it makes children behave in a safe way. For example, a child with a fear of fire would avoid playing with matches. Typical childhood fears change with age; they include fear of strangers, heights, darkness, animals, blood, insects, and being left alone. Separation anxiety is common when young children are starting school. Whereas adolescents may experience anxiety related to social acceptance and academic achievement.

If an anxious feeling persists, it can take a toll on a child's sense of well-being because the anxiety associated with social avoidance can have long-term effects. For example, a child with a fear of being rejected can fail to learn important social skills, resulting in social isolation. Hence it is important for parents to recognise and identify the signs and symptoms of their child's anxiety so that fears do not get in the way of everyday life.

Hema Gurnani