Everyone worries and feels anxious occasionally, and when it negatively impacts daily life, it’s time to take action. Current studies show that about 30% of children between ages 3-17 experience symptoms of anxiety. So we’re tackling this important topic in two parts.
In Part 1, two kids and their mothers share their experiences with anxiety—in hindsight, recognizing they showed symptoms as very young children. Also, Encompass Behavioral Health Manager, Megan Walsh, offers her expertise and guidance to help us gain a better understanding of childhood anxiety.
- Encompass Behavioral Health Manager Megan Walsh recommends the following books:
- How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler by Natasha Daniels
- The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley
- The Opposite of Worry: the Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears by Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD
- Freeing Your Child From Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition by Tamar Chansky, PhD
- She also wrote a Tip Sheet for parents on Childhood Anxiety.
- Click here for an article from the Washington Post on “Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days.”
- You can always check out our Resource Library for more activities, articles, videos, apps, and websites recommended by the Encompass team.
Thanks for listening!