My child is hypersensitive
Your child is anxious, easily won over by emotion, sometimes reacts violently … Moreover, if your toddler was hypersensitive? We take stock with Catherine Pierre, a psychologist.
Too introverted or very outgoing, your child has trouble controlling his emotions. Character trait or deeper problem? A subject is all the more severe that your child is, perhaps, the target of (friendly) mockery, especially if he is a boy. Moreover, if he/she was just hypersensitive? Catherine Pierre, the psychologist in Nice, sheds light on this subject.
Signs of hypersensitivity in children
Hypersensitivity is a higher than average sensitivity in response to external stimuli which may be diverse: for example, odor, noise, light or a situation … These are parameters that can trigger a “disproportionate” reaction to extreme emotional experience because the hypersensitive child processes information without a filter.
Hypersensitivity in children is not a disease, but a character trait often associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with/without hyperactivity which is a childhood neurological problem). The other signs are, in fact, the consequences of this hyperreactivity, but they can vary from one child to another.
Indeed, hypersensitivity can be expressed by:
– Extreme anxiety and hyper-emotion, which cause great shyness. Concretely, this may be manifested by stuttering, or your child tends to blush easily;
– a fear of others and a withdrawal into oneself, resulting in introversion;
– an almost “theatrical” exaggerated expression, in response to external stimuli;
– a more physical reactivity with an aggressiveness towards others and sometimes towards oneself;
– a hypersusceptibility almost systematic, resulting in the feeling of being misunderstood in the child.
My child is hypersensitive: should we worry?
The severity of hypersensitivity is very random because there are different degrees of sensitivity. The most important thing is not to miss out on a hypersensitive child by trivializing his behavior. Indeed, this state is painful and difficult to live on a daily basis. Moreover, if this suffering is not recognized and therefore not taken care of, this can have consequences on its development and its future.
Diagnose and treat hypersensitivity
Consulting a psychologist can help the child, but also the entourage. First, the diagnosis will confirm (or invalidate) the state of hypersensitivity. This phase also makes it possible to identify a potential precocity (often linked to hypersensitivity). A pedagogical step follows because it is critical to explain to the child and his entourage the characteristics of his character, the consequences, and the solutions. Helping and supporting parents through the healthcare professional are essential to learning how to manage stress and adapt to the specificities of the child.
Finally, the healing phase, adapted to the form of hypersensitivity of the child, with a management of the latter, focused in particular on the administration of emotions, stress and relational.
It is important to emphasize that without proper support and care, a hypersensitive child will likely be an adult more sensitive to stress, and predisposed to anxiety disorders and mood.
Helping your child with hypersensitivity to everyday life
The hypersensitive child needs a calm and reassuring environment, thanks to many testimonies of attention and love. One can help him put words on what he feels by naming his states, his emotions: sad, excessive, irritated, “in mode …” so that he understands what happens to him and finds himself, Even solutions with the help of its environment. To make him express his feelings by drawing is also very helping.
Certain rules of hygiene of life may also accompany the hypersensitive child:
- Do not overload your schedule;
- Ensure adequate sleep (lack of sleep and fatigue increase hypersensitivity);
- Teach the child to “stand,” relax. Sophrology and meditation help to channel, to step back …
- Make him / her practice physical activity.
Finally, it is essential to value the hypersensitive child and to use the proper side of its singularity. Indeed, often, the hypersensitive child surprises his entourage by artistic qualities above average. Creativity must, therefore, be expressed through manual and creative activities.
The assets of hypersensitive children
Being more receptive than the average also has advantages. This trait usually goes hand in hand with artistic sensitivity and a creative and intuitive mind (they use more of the right hemisphere of the brain).
Hypersensitive also have excellent empathy abilities. It is a brain faculty to perceive the intricacies of the environment. Solicited by a stimulus, the brain records more information.
Frequently hypersensitive children have an above-average intelligence quotient; Some are even “gifted.”
A source of creativity and exceptional interpersonal skills, accepted, accompanied and controlled hypersensitivity can become a real asset in life.