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Mother comforting troubled teenager daughter at home.Worries are a normal part of growing up but some children are more prone to worrying or feeling anxious.

Common fears in early childhood include animals, insects, storms, and the dark. These fears usually go away gradually on their own. There may be other times in your child's life when they feel particularly anxious; starting at a new school or before tests and exams.  Some families have to live with money, housing or health worries. Worries about climate change, natural disaster or disturbing news can affect everyone. Some children feel shy in social situations and may need support with this.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it affects a child’s behaviour and thoughts every day, interfering with their school, home and social life.

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Families who might need further support

Some children and young people may struggle more with anxiety than others. Kent School Health offers one-to-one support based on your child’s unique needs.

Children and young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism may experience anxiety more intensely, whether they are formally diagnosed or not. Visit our special educational needs or neurodivergence pages for more information on the support available for you and your child.

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