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Child Anxiety Treatment – Here’s a Useful Method

By Guest Author On March 6, 2011 Under Improve Your Life, Self Improvement

No parent wishes anxiety and fear on a child, but dealing with anxiety appropriately is necessary in this world. If a child doesn’t learn how to handle anxiety effectively while they are growing up they are very likely to have life-long issues. Because untreated anxiety can affect an individual’s entire life, appropriate child anxiety treatment is crucial.

Kids have trouble holding emotions in and frequently will act out their emotions.Every child responds differently. When anxiety strikes, a child may become aggressive. Or they may become depressed.

Part of growing up is learning to manage personal or social situations that may generate anxiety. As a parent, part of your job is to help your child learn how to handle normal degrees of anxiety successfully so it doesn’t interfere with their living life well. It’s serious responsibility. Here’s a technique many parents find it useful.

Young children don’t think abstractly. The word “anxiety” doesn’t have much meaning for them as an abstract concept. However, from infancy all kids become expert at identifying facial expressions and their probable emotional associations. Because of this, you can use pictures in a book or magazine to help young children become more expert at dealing with emotions.

For example, you could look at a picture of a happy child and ask questions like “How do you think that boy feels?”, “Why do you think he feels that way?” “What do you think he’s thinking?.”  You can also have fun with your child making up stories about what’s wonderful about the lives of the happy children in the pictures.

Then you could look at a picture of a child that looks worried or afraid and ask similar questions. If you ask your child why the child in the picture looks worried it’s possible that they may answer with something they’re afraid of. Even if that doesn’t happen, you can ask your child questions about what the worried child in the picture could do to feel better. You can use the discussion as a way to suggest possible solutions for your child to consider. Perhaps you could say something like “Well if I was that boy and I was worried about being left alone, I think I talk to mom and dad about it.”

Part of what you want to do with this exercise is both the children realize that it’s normal to experience a range of emotions in life and that there are helpful ways of dealing with them available to them.

You can find a lot of other ideas about helping kids deal with anxiety at Childhood Anxiety Disorder Help, which is a site dedicated to helping parents help their kids. You may also want to look at an excellent program called the Anxiety Free Child. With the help of their program, you can coach your child on how to reclaim their joy.

 

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