PARENTING – HELPING YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD OR TEEN
Does any of this sound like your child or teen?
- clinging, crying, and/or tantrums when you separate
- excessive shyness, avoiding social situations
- constant worry
- avoiding situations or places because of fears
- complaints of frequent stomach aches or headaches
- experiencing sudden and frequent panic attacks
What you (and your child!) Need to Know about Anxiety
Anxiety is normal. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in time. For example, it is normal to feel anxious when on a rollercoaster or before an exam.
Anxiety is not dangerous. Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it is temporary, and will eventually decrease.
Anxiety is adaptive. Anxiety helps us prepare for real danger, such as crossing a busy street. It can also help us perform at our best, and motivate us to study for an exam or practice for a big game. When we experience anxiety, it triggers our “fight-flight-freeze” response, and prepares our body to react. For instance, our heart beats faster, to pump blood to our muscles, so we have the energy to run away or fight off danger. Without it, we would not survive.
Anxiety becomes a problem when our body reacts in the absence of real danger. for more information on how to cope with anxiety call Dionne on 0754 282 0678.
The ABC’s of anxiety
Children, teens, and adults experience anxiety in three ways:
- physically – what we feel in our body;
- mentally – what goes through our mind like worrisome thoughts;
- behaviourally – what we do or our actions, such as avoid or seek-reassurance.
The pattern of these experiences varies from person to person, and from situation to situation.http://www.anxietybc.com/parent/index.php
- challenge unhelpful negative thoughts
- improve behaviour
- be more confident and assertive
to find out how call Dionne on 0754 282 0678 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org