24 Resources for Children and Teens with Anxiety and Their Families

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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

https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children/anxiety-and-depression

National Institute of Mental Health

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

Child Mind Institute

https://childmind.org/topics/concerns/anxiety/

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/The-Anxious-Child-047.aspx

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

https://youth.anxietybc.com/

Anxiety.org

https://www.anxiety.org/causes-and-symptoms-of-anxiety-in-children

Worry Wise Kids

http://www.worrywisekids.org/

Brave Online - Helping Young Kids Overcome Anxiety

http://www.brave-online.com/

Coping Cat Parents

https://www.copingcatparents.com/Child_Anxiety_Tales

Anxiety Canada

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

blogs and online communities on child anxiety

Websites and forums featuring individuals writing about their journeys toward overcoming anxiety.

Parenting Anxious Kids

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/anxious-kids/

Anxiety Free Child Blog

http://anxietyfreechild.com/blog/

Turn Around Anxiety Blog

https://www.turnaroundanxiety.com/blog/

mindfulness exercises for child anxiety

Mindfulness Exercises for Children and Teens

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

Cosmic Kids Mindfulness Meditation Videos

https://www.cosmickids.com/mindfulness-meditation-videos-kids/

Mindfulness for Kids YouTube Video Resources

https://www.theottoolbox.com/2018/01/mindfulness-for-kids-youtube-videos.html

anxiety apps

Headspace for kids

https://www.headspace.com/how-it-works

Breathe2Relax

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breathe2relax/id425720246?mt=8

Calm

https://www.calm.com/

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 to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What-to-do Guides for Kids)

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety

Helping Your Anxious Child

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

The Anxiety Workbook for Teens

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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