Research: More and more kids are suffering from pronounced fears

Affected people often seek help with counseling interviews
Many children today suffer from severe fears. These are often so pronounced that the affected children or their parents seek professional help. British researchers found that there was a 35 percent increase in counseling among young people with anxiety in the UK last year.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's (NSPCC) experts found in their investigation that growing numbers of young people in the UK are experiencing severe anxiety. Last year, counseling sessions at the so-called NSPCC’s Childline on the subject of anxiety among young people increased by 35 percent, reports the NSPCC.

Around 6,500 counseling interviews with young people in the past six months alone
Many adult people suffer from justified or unfounded fears. However, more and more young people seem to be affected by these fears. In the past six months alone, there have been almost 6,500 counseling sessions about fears at the so-called Childline of the NSPCC, the experts explain.

Girls are much more likely to suffer from anxiety than boys
Nowadays, fears occur even more often in young children. Sometimes children as young as eight years old suffer from anxiety, say the doctors. Girls are much more affected by such fears than boys. The scientists found that fears were seven times more common in girls.

The reasons for fears can be very different
But what are the reasons for this significant increase? The causes range from personal and family problems to concerns about global political issues such as the EU referendum, the US election and the problems in the Middle East, the doctors explain. So the reasons for the sharp rise are due to a combination of personal and political problems or uncertainties. Many young people see disruptive events in newspapers, television, and social media as the source of their concerns, the authors add.

Problems and fears of young people have to be taken seriously
"We are well aware that children and young people are sometimes startled or worried by various events in the world," explains Esther Rantzen President of Childline. When adults see pictures or film recordings of screaming and confused toddlers being pulled out of bombed buildings, this leads to various effects such as dismay, sadness and fear. It is often forgotten how such stories and images affect young people. It is important that we are aware of these problems and take them seriously. This makes it possible to respond to the frightened youngsters and to calm them down, the doctors say. (as)

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Video: The Politics of Fear. Mark Tumeo. TEDxJacksonville (September 2021).