Childhood is Supposed To Be Fun?
Gone are the carefree days that used to be known as childhood, when kids romped and played and had no worries in the world. Nowadays, anxiety is the most common mental illness seen in young people. 20% of children and adolescents will suffer from anxiety, panic, phobias, or closely related disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and post-traumatic-stress disorder. Some of these kids who suffer from an anxiety disorder are being pushed toward a dangerous brink.
Even so, an estimated four out of five children with anxiety will not be treated. Anxiety is among the most easily missed illnesses in pediatric medicine. If we take into consideration that anxiety can lead to school failure, drug addiction, incarceration, depression and suicide, it is a very serious public-health concern.
Are SSRI’s The Answer?
In 2008, the CAMS (Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study) trial gave us clear recommendations for treating anxiety in children. The CAMS trial suggested that the best way to treat anxiety in children is with cognitive-behavior therapy and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, like Zoloft and Prozac).
Furthermore, we know that there are some serious side-effects associated with anti-depressants. Young people can form a dependency on these medications. Sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, dry mouth and insomnia are some of the other possible side effects. That’s not all. One of the more serious side-effects is “suicidal thoughts and behavior”.
Picamilon For Anxiety
Picamilon may be a safer alternative to playing Russian Roulette with the side effects of SSRI’s. This nootropic provides a tranquilized yet energized effect by bringing more blood flow to the brain. It helps to moderate states of anxiety and depressed, negative emotions. Picamilon lacks allergenic or carcinogenic properties and has minimal side effects which include occasional headaches, dizziness and nausea.
Kids And Stress
Are we creating a paradox for the youth? On the one hand, we put stress on our children. On the other hand, we try to protect them from the uncomfortable feelings they experience in response to stress. The message this sends is somewhat confusing —that the world is dangerous but kids don’t have the tools to cope.
Kids have always lived with stress. Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have lived in unsafe neighborhoods with inconsistent sources of food and shelter. Whether or not children develop anxiety orders is determined by heredity and environment, what they learn from their early role models.
Anxiety is a distress signal. Additionally, it is a motivator. Stress can lead to ingenious solutions or menacing problems. It can be accompanied by self-doubt and self-exploration, lending depth to the human experience.
How much anxiety is too much? —It depends on the person. It’s not a one-size-fits-all type of deal. A nervous person, miscalculates threats and avoids even normal life experiences. This can lead to demoralization. Whereas, a typical person can take a lot of anxiety in stride. In either case, the treatment is the same: repeated, controlled exposure to the threat —whether it’s snakes, dogs, school or talking in front of the class. Exposure therapy can re-calibrate the internal alarm system by allowing the patient to see for themselves that the perceived threat isn’t so terrible after all.