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Child Anxiety Attacks

Child Anxiety Attacks

The occurrence of child anxiety attacks is unreported and under diagnosed.  It is believed that the prevalence of child anxiety attacks is much more and can lead to depression later on in the teenage years or young adulthood.  Children experiencing anxiety attacks feel many of the same symptoms adults feel in their own anxiety attacks.  Child anxiety attacks experience both psychological and physical symptoms.

Child anxiety attacks start with a feeling of dread, worry and fear.

  Many children have these feelings regularly but when these symptoms become severe and often with accompanying physical symptoms it becomes a problem.  Some of the physical symptoms that children feel are headaches, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, feel a tightening in the chest, stomach ailments such as diarrhea and stomach upset.

Breath to relax

Child anxiety attacks can also effect children’s concentration and ability to stay in school.  Children who experience regular anxiety attacks have a hard time making decisions and learning.  Their perception of their environment is quite different from other children which can affect the way that the child acts in social situations.




Child anxiety attacks may be due to many different forms of anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Social phobia and specific Phobia, Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety, Drug Induce Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified).  Many of these disorders involve the child having overwhelming anxiety over many different situations and objects.  The child may experience worry and fear over specific objects or experience uncontrollable anxiety in social situations.


Child Anxiety


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is when someone must perform the same behavior repeatedly or have the same thoughts. This can lead to anxiety since the behaviors usually prevent the person from living their daily life.  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is when someone has been through a traumatic event and has trouble recovering from the event.  This person will relive the moment in their mind and experience the reactions (physical and psychological) associated with the moment.   It’s like going through the same nightmare many times.  Child anxiety attacks can also be due to medications.  Some medications can cause anxiety so it is important for the child’s doctor to know the medications the child is taking.  It is also believed that some children experience anxiety attacks due to the hormones of puberty. 

Child anxiety attacks can be helped just as adult anxiety attacks are handled. 

Children will need to seek medical attention and a therapist.  The doctor will be able to determine if the child is in need of medication.  A therapist will be able to teach the child effective coping skills to decrease fear and worry in anxiety provoking situations.  Some children have other issues they must address before working on their anxiety disorder and a therapist would be able to help with that through many different techniques.

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Acupuncture for Anxiety Disorders

Natural remedies for anxiety are becoming more and more popular.  While traditional Western medicine often favours medication, traditional Chinese medicine TCM) diagnoses the patients’ symptoms differently.  Today TCM claims to cure a number of problems by using a variety of methods.  One such method is acupuncture.  

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one area of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes herbs, diet and massage. 

needles are used

Acupressure is a blend of acupuncture and pressure and uses physical pressure applied to acupressure points by the hand, elbow, or with a variety of devices.


According to TCM the body has 12 major channels (meridians) of flowing energy which are the life force of existence.  Along these 12 points lie 365 specifically-mapped acupuncture points which lie close to the surface of the skin. Apart from these points, there are over 1,000 other points on the ear, hand and scalp.

While traditional Western medicine often favours medication, TCM diagnoses the patients’ symptoms differently.  Today TCM claims to cure a number of problems. 

Acupuncture focuses on the "seven inquiries".  These include chills and fever; perspiration; appetite, thirst and taste; defecation and urination; pain; sleep; and menses and leukorrhea during pregnancy.

Benefits of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been found to be a most effective treatment for a number of ailments and diseases.  Apart from anxiety and depression, acupuncture can help allergies, angina, asthma, fibromyalgia, headaches (including migraines), high blood pressure, infertility, menopausal symptoms, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, shingles, stroke rehabilitation, tinnitus, and urinary tract infections.  Many types of pain also appear to be helped by acupuncture treatment.

acupuncture benefits

What Would You Expect if You Visit a Practitioner

The acupuncturist observes several areas of the body. Inspection focuses on the face and particularly on the tongue, including analysis of the tongue size, shape, tension, colour and coating, and the absence or presence of teeth marks around the edge.

Examination of the tongue is among the principal diagnostic methods in TCM. Certain sectors of the tongue's surface are believed to help with diagnosis of diseases. For example, teeth marks on one part of the tongue might indicate a problem with the heart, while teeth marks on another part of the tongue might indicate a problem with the liver.

Practitioners listen for particular sounds such as wheezing, the quality of breathing or the sound of the voice.  They also observe body odour, the smell of the breath.

pulse pointsPulse palpation is also another principal diagnostic method in TCM.  It involves measuring the pulse at a superficial and at a deep level at three locations:  two finger breadths from the wrist crease; one fingerbreadth from the wrist crease; and right at the wrist crease.  It is usually palpated with the index, middle and ring finger of each arm, for 12 pulses.  The pulse is examined for several characteristics including rhythm, strength and volume, and described with qualities like "floating, slippery, bolstering-like, feeble, thready and quick". Each of these qualities can then indicate to the acupuncturist whether there are certain diseases present.  Learning TCM pulse diagnosis can take several years to master.

The acupuncturist also interviews the patient asking questions in order to evaluate a pattern of deficiency or excess contributing to the disease.  He/she also hopes to evaluate the state of health of the body’s internal organs and energy channels.

Once the patient has been diagnosed a number a number of very thin stainless steel needles are inserted along the energy meridians in order to promote the flow of energy and restore balance to the body.

small needles for the faceNeedles generally are made of stainless steel making them more flexible and preventing them from breaking.  A needle is used only once to prevent contamination.  Needles are between 13 to 130 millimetres in length with the shorter needles being used near the face and eyes, while the longer ones are used in the fleshier body areas.  Tubes are often used for the thinner needles for easier insertion.  If the needle tip is too sharp it can easily break, but at the same time, if it is too blunt, it may cause more pain.

Does Acupuncture Only Include Needles?

No, it also includes:

acupuncture - fire cupping glass

  • Suction cups (fire cupping) which draws heat from the body.
  • ‘Guasha’ uses spoons to apply friction to the skin.
  • ‘Tuina’ is a TCM method of attempting to stimulate the flow of energy by bare handed techniques rather than using needles.


  • Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture in which needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses which is used to stimulate the points.  This is hardly noticeable by the patient.
  • Sonopuncture or acutonics is a stimulation of the body similar to acupuncture but uses sound and again no needles.
  • Acupuncture point injection is the injection of various substances such as drugs, vitamins or herbal extracts which are injected into the acupuncture points.

moxibustionAcupuncture is often followed by moxibustion, the burning of cone-shaped preparations of mugword on or near the skin, but generally near or on an acupuncture point.  Traditionally acupuncture was used to treat acute conditions, while moxibustion was used for chronic diseases.  

Moxibustion could be direct (the cone was placed directly on the skin and allowed to burn the skin producing a blister and eventually a scar), or indirect (either a cone of mugwort was placed on a slice of garlic, ginger or other vegetable, or a cylinder of mugwort was held above the skin, close enough to either warm or burn it.

A session in the United States can last from 10 to 60 minutes and sometimes needles are left in the ear for up to 3 days.

acupuncture - calm the mind

Today many Western doctors are changing their opinions on the benefits of acupuncture and have found it to be of assistance as an alternative or adjunct to conventional treatments for a number of problems, including anxiety. Because it has so many positive effects on the body with minimal side effects, it is often considered an integrative medicine treatment plan.


Learn how traditional Chinese medicine is useful for treating anxiety disorders.  Acupuncturists sometimes use a method called the four gates in order to help alleviate stress. Learn more about this and how it can help you by viewing this video.