What is anxiety?
It is a psychological and physiological state characterised by somatic, cognitive and behavioural components.
And it is a BIG problem....
I suppose this is not surprising, and our Emergency Department is just as bad, if not worse, than an anaesthetic room: it is an alien environment, there is lots of frightening equipment stuff, and people rushing about! Children may be pushed beyond their capacity to cope.
Our job is to help children cope with anxiety and reframe it so that it does not become crippling. But how?
Communication is key.
Advanced communication techniques fall into two groups
Example: "Hello James, come in. I love your shoes, reckon they'll fit me? I reckon they're too small but what's size between two friends? I'd probably bend them if I wore them, but not like Beckham though. He's a good player, better at United than Real, the real deal in red not white I think. Red devils are United, but they're heavenly players, making music on the pitch, perfect pitch but I'm tone deaf even though I love to sing in the shower. Not the rain shower, though Singing In the Rain is a great film, but water in the camera is bad news, it makes the colours run off the screen, right off track but listen to me I'm like a stuck record."
Behaviour, non-verbal, verbal or tactile usually associated with having rapport where as yet that rapport does not exist.
Bind of comparable alternatives
Free choice of two or more comparable alternatives, and whichever is chosen leads to behaviour in the chosen direction. Usually feel bound to accept one alternative.
Use with caution and be inclusive and appropriate
Methods to reduce anxiety and pain by focusing on something else
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