A Guide for Parents
The Bottom Line
Having anxiety can be a major challenge — for adults. For children struggling with an anxiety disorder, it’s even harder because they may not understand why they feel as they do or what to do about it. The good news is there are proven treatments available to help parents help their kids work through it.
One of anxiety’s meanest tricks is convincing sufferers that they’re alone. But the authors of The Anxiety Cure for Kids want parents to know that that’s far from true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7.1% of children aged 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. And, as the authors point out, there are many more children who haven’t been diagnosed, and even more who experience anxiety at a sub-clinical level.
The father and two daughters who teamed up to write The Anxiety Cure for Kids bring mental health expertise and a family bond to dealing with anxiety. The three share a private practice in Maryland and previously co-authored The Anxiety Cure for adults. In 2003 they published The Anxiety Cure for Kids for parents with children who often feel intensely anxious, but haven’t necessarily been diagnosed with a specific anxiety disorder. The book teaches families how anxiety works — using the analogy of an angry dragon who has your child in its trap — and explains how you can tame it as a team.
II. The Anxiety Dragon
III. Recognizing Anxiety in Your Child
IV. Gather Information and Make a Game Plan
V. When to Call in a Professional
VI. It Takes Patience, Persistence and Practice
VII. The Benefits to Having Anxiety — and Taming It
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