We all experience anxiety, but sometimes it can become overwhelming and begin to interfere with your child’s daily functioning and quality of life. For example. some anxiety is healthy and natural when we are taking tests as it can help enhance performance. However, when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can disrupt performance for children. Sometimes when anxious, children may begin to avoid certain triggering situations and events, such as peers, teachers, or school itself. The avoidance then serves to maintain the anxiety and to worsen it over time. As a parent, how can you help your child break free of anxiety, out of their mind and into their life?
It can be difficult to find resources to help. Here, we list websites, books, organizations, apps, and videos for valuable information and support.
organizations providing information and resources on child anxiety
These organizations provide invaluable information on anxiety and how to cope with it. They also provide listings of resources you may find helpful.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America - Anxiety and Depression in Children
National Institute of Mental Health
Child Mind Institute
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
websites providing helpful information, handouts, and resources on child anxiety
These websites provide helpful information, handouts, and resources on anxiety and learning to cope with it.
Youth Anxiety BC
Worry Wise Kids
Brave Online - Helping Young Kids Overcome Anxiety
Coping Cat Parents
blogs and online communities on child anxiety
Websites and forums featuring individuals writing about their journeys toward overcoming anxiety.
Parenting Anxious Kids
Anxiety Free Child Blog
Turn Around Anxiety Blog
mindfulness exercises for child anxiety
Mindfulness Exercises for Children and Teens
Cosmic Kids Mindfulness Meditation Videos
Mindfulness for Kids YouTube Video Resources
Headspace for kids
books for anxiety
These books are often recommended to patients by child psychologists who treat anxiety in children, and are written by clinical experts in the field.
What resources have you found useful in helping your child manage anxiety? If you have any other resources that might be helpful for others, let us know in the comments below!
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