DS 1, who is 6 years old, has started to show signs of anxiety. Im just not sure if its normal for his age or something I should seek professional help for. here are some situations that have happened recently:
-We werent able to visit family about an hour and a half drive away because he gets carsick.
-we were out shopping and he started to say his tummy hurts. he was able to voice that he didnt like all the people and the process of finding something and waiting in line to pay etc.
-he also doesnt like riding the subway train.
Hes been saying his tummy hurts a lot lately and we had eliminated and reintroduced gluten, so i thought maybe that was it, but its just so random now, i have no clue. we have made an appointment with a specialist though and have spoken to our family doc about it.
The odd thing is, that hes incredibly social, makes friends wherever he goes, and we go somewhere everyday. we live in nyc, so it is overwhelming in my opinion. but the tummy hurting thing on subway rides and shopping is quite new.
im interested in your opinions if this is normal, or should we see a therapist. we're a little worried about seeing someone because our son is incredibly aware and will know exactly what is happening. we just dont want him to have to worry about one more thing. he thinks about everything a lot.
id also love some book recommendations that are child friendly and give helpful tools for calming the mind etc.
thanks so much for your input, its so hard not being able to solve my childs problem