Stress Management

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

None of us are immune to stress; even young children feel this emotion to some degree. Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and the amazing team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness, work with your family to address stressors in your child's life and provide stress management services. The practice, which is conveniently located in Atlanta, Georgia, offers relaxation techniques and other non-medical therapies to ease stress and improve your child's outlook. For effective stress management services for children, call the office today.

Stress Management Q & A

What causes stress in children?

Stress is caused by a combination of internal forces and external stressors. Internal forces are often related to the divide between what children think they should be doing compared to what they're actually able to accomplish. In contrast, external demands come from outside influences, such as school, family, or friends.

Stress affects everyone, even kids. Preschoolers may feel the stress of separation anxiety when they’re away from their parents. As children get older, academic and social pressures create stress. Kids may feel the pressure to fit in among their friends or to compete to achieve their scholastic goals.

Children are attuned to what’s going on around them. A divorce or the death of a loved one or cherished pet may affect your child profoundly. These complications can amplify stress when they’re added to your child’s everyday pressures, but stress management at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness can help your child handle stress.

What are the signs of stress in children?

Specific short-term changes in your child's behavior may be warning signs of stress. Children may start:

  • Thumbsucking
  • Twirling their hair
  • Becoming clingy
  • Having nightmares
  • Bedwetting

They may act out, become moody, have sudden difficulty sleeping, or experience declining grades in school.

When do I need professional help for my child’s stress?

Seek professional services from Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness if your child’s stress-related behaviors aren’t going away or are causing significant problems at school or at home. Your child also should see an expert when the stress is leading to anxiety or disrupting your family life. In such cases, your youngster may benefit from stress management.

How can stress management help?

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness works with your family to address the stressors and teach your child stress management techniques. Although treatments are tailored to each child, they may show your child how to use relaxation techniques or visualization exercises to manage stress and ease anxiety. 

Equipping your child with the tools to successfully manage stressful situations or events can enhance their ability to cope in the future. Beyond addressing stress, Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness offers strategies for effective parenting and family involvement. They assist you appropriately in structuring your home and school environments to relieve stress, promote your child’s well-being, and enhance your family’s overall wellness.

If you're worried about stress, call today or book a consultation online with Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness to discuss stress management.