It's easy to confuse the signs with other behavioral issues.
Kids who experience anxiety don't show the same signs as adults. Instead, they typically engage in a slew of negative behaviors that, while obvious to parents, aren't always correctly diagnosed as anxiety. Because children don't understand the concept of anxiety, especially when they're very young (think toddler age), they can't properly express themselves or explain what's going on in their minds.
Unfortunately, it's also on the rise in little ones: a 2018 study estimated that about 2 million American children and adolescents have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. That likely won't change anytime soon: kids today don't only have to worry about school, social situations, and social media, but they're also struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in their own ways. Here are a few often overlooked signs that your child might be dealing with anxiety.