01 Nov Primitive Reflexes And Childhood Anxiety
The Real Cause of Childhood Anxiety–It’s Not What You Think
Current estimates say one in eight students has anxiety.
A twenty-year study done by the University of London concluded that unmanaged reactions to stress is a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than smoking cigarettes and eating high-cholesterol foods.
kids with anxiety disorders are more likely to have academic challenges and have an increased risk of substance abuse.
we need to address anxiety in children as early as possible.As this will lead to several challenges in children’s development.
Anxiety can be the result of faulty reflexes.
Before you’re born, your brain has an original operating system called primitive reflexes. Primitive reflexes allow you to nurse, roll over in the crib, lift your head, crawl and walk. Those are all automatic behaviors caused by reflexes. They help develop your central nervous system and your balance and coordination.
Those primitive reflexes are supposed to turn “off” sometime before you turn three-years old, then your adult brain software starts running. But frequently, for a variety of reasons, both software can run at the same time and it can cause major learning and behavior challenges—like anxiety.
There are two reflexes that cause major anxiety in children—and adults. The first reflex is the Fear Paralysis Reflex, or FPR.
If your child has an active #Fear Paralysis Reflex, they may have one or more of the following:
- Doesn’t adapt well to change
- Oppositional behavior
- Extreme shyness
- Panic attacks
- Doesn’t play well with others
- Selective mutism
- Obsessive compulsive behaviors
- Temper tantrums
- Can’t make eye contact
The second reflex is the #Moro reflex. If your child has an active Moro reflex, they may have one or more of the following:
- Light sensitivity
- Dilated pupils
- Sound sensitivity
- Motion sickness
- Poor balance
- Can’t stand clothing tags
- Tantrums from combing hair
If your child has one or both of these reflexes and they are over six months old, they are hypersensitive to the environment at a level that causes extreme anxiety. Their bodies are constantly in ‘fight or flight’ mode, whether they want to be or not. This is the cause of their chronic anxiety.