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Anxiety and children

Written by Healthy Living

Know the signs of anxiety disorder in your child or teen

  • Recognize and praise your child’s small accomplishments and help build a strong support network.
  • Anxiety is a normal part of adolescence; however, teens diagnosed with an anxiety disorder experience more ongoing symptoms. Effective and consistent parenting helps your child or teen feel less anxious. Building a positive support network helps, too.
  • Don’t punish mistakes or lack of progress.
  • Building a teen’s self-esteem is always important, but for children with anxiety, building interpersonal strength is necessary. If your child shows confidence in any activity, encourage involvement and praise frequently.
  • A normal routine but flexible routine is necessary. Modify expectations during any high-stress periods.
  • Be consistent but flexible when needed to help your child be more comfortable with change. Have transparent conversations allowing discussion and feedback so the teen feels empowered.

Source: Bethany Kassar, licensed clinical social worker and executive director of outpatient services at Summit Behavioral Health. Used with permission.

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