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A Kids Guide to Overcoming Worry & Anxiety (made simple)

Children, Anxiety and Overcoming Fear

 

Children, Anxiety & Overcoming Fear

 

 

My husband just celebrated his 43 birthday and we decided to take him Rock-climbing for the day. You see, before having children we did many adventurous things. Which was probably good, because it prepared us for the most amazing, entertaining and challenging adventure of all- parenting! 

 

“So here we are on a sunny brisk morning trekking thru the snow with our two little guys in tow to climb a wall?”

 

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Children, Anxiety & the ER

 

Children, Anxiety & the ER

 

 

 

 

 

I recently had the opportunity to interview a registered emergency room nurse. All too often anxiety and or panic attacks send nervous confused parents and their children to the emergency room because they do not understand that what they are experiencing is an anxiety or panic.

 

When parents have no idea what is going on with their child and their child starts experiencing anxious symptom such as, racing or pounding heart, dizziness or any of the other many symptoms you can experience during a panic attack, they take them to the emergency room. Some of you probably can relate to this and could add some stories of your own.

 

If you have any stories that you would like to share with us, please email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When we share our stories we can each learn that in fact you are not alone out there as anxiety and panic is very prevalent today as indicated by the dramatic increase in anxiety and panic diagnosis.

 

 

 

The following is a list of questions I have asked an emergency room registered nurse followed by her answers.

 

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Children, Anxiety and Sensitivity

                                                                                                 

 

They say people write about what they need to learn.

 

 

 

Children, Anxiety and Sensitivity

 

 

 

“What does sensitivity have to do with anxiety?” 

 

                                                                                             A lot.

 

 

 

Anxious children and sensitive children are synonymous in my opinion.  The words anxious and sensitive are simply interchangeable.

 

 

 

Many anxious children have often been labeled by others as “overly sensitive”.

 

 

 

When they feel, they really feel. When they love, they really love deeply. When they hurt, they are really very sad. Does this sound like your child? If so she or he is like very many famous people like Goldie Hawn, Abraham Lincoln and even Oprah! (According to anxietycentre.com.) For a full list of famous people with anxiety click on the link at the bottom of this article. You will be shocked at how prevalent anxiety is especially within creative fields such as, acting, singing and writing!

 

 

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Parent Delivered CBT Reduces Kids’ Anxiety

 

 

 

 “A number of studies have shown significant reductions in child anxiety when CBT interventions are delivered via parents, suggesting that a first-line treatment could be delivered via parents.”

 

British Journal of Psychiatry and Medscape report: 

Parent Delivered CBT Reduces Kids’ Anxiety  

 

“Full guided parent-delivered CBT is an effective and inexpensive first-line treatment for child anxiety.” 

(British Journal of Psychiatry, December 2013).  

 

The verdict is in. YOU as a parent can greatly affect your child’s anxiety. YOU, when fully guided by a trained therapist (level of therapist does not determine outcome of results according to the study) can teach your children how to overcome anxiety.

 

A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in December 2013 reports: “Childhood anxiety disorders are common, affecting 5-10% of children.As well as disrupting children’s social, emotional and academic development, they present a risk in later life for further psychological disturbance, such as mood disorders and substance misuse.Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective and has been recommended as the treatment of choice;however CBT is resource-intensive and is not accessed by many children who could benefit”. 

 

So if you ever wondered whether or not reading about anxiety, studying those self- help books and working hand in with a trained therapist (even if not in person and over the phone) would benefit your child. The answer is yes. You can make a significant difference.

 

Order those self-help books, get your head in the research and look for a therapist that will guide YOU to help your child with anxiety.

 

Of course first visit your pediatrician to rule out any underlying medical condition.  

 

In addition, depending on the severity of the anxiety you made need a second level of intervention, which would involve more direct work between your child and a therapist. This is of course something for you and your pediatrician to decide.  

 

However, on a more positive note it would appear that the British Journal of Psychiatry’s study is offering recommendations that parent guided CBT can be a very viable and cost effective first-line approach to helping kids overcome anxiety. 

 

This is very promising news for parents of children with anxiety. You can now feel empowered to help your child with anxiety, rather then, feeling helpless --adding to your own anxiety.

 

Bravo! British Journal of Psychiatry for offering yet more hope for children struggling with anxiety!

 

Empowering parents to help their children with anxiety. Fantastic! 

 

All best,

 

Stacy Fiorile, MA, CAGS, NJCSP, NCSP

 

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

 

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