The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents

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A comforting, practical guide to helping your child deal with anxiety 

Fear, worry, stomach pains, self-doubt—these are all classic symptoms of anxiety in children and teenagers. Anxiety affects both boys and girls, regardless of age, size, intelligence, or family specifics. And the only way your family can be free of anxiety is to confront it every time ...

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Overview

*The second edition of this book is now available

A comforting, practical guide to helping your child deal with anxiety 

Fear, worry, stomach pains, self-doubt—these are all classic symptoms of anxiety in children and teenagers. Anxiety affects both boys and girls, regardless of age, size, intelligence, or family specifics. And the only way your family can be free of anxiety is to confront it every time it appears. This book will show you how. 

The bestselling authors of The Anxiety Cure present a reassuring guide to help adults and children understand the way anxiety works. Using characters such as the Dragon and the Wizard, The Anxiety Cure for Kids explains how to overcome the negative impacts of anxiety and turn anxiety into a positive opportunity for the whole family. It outlines specific action steps to regain full control of your anxious child's life. You'll learn how to communicate effectively with your child, help him or her confront fear, and boost your child's feelings of accomplishment and self-esteem. The book also includes helpful advice for anyone who works with anxious children, such as teachers, coaches, therapists, and school nurses. The plentiful exercises and tips reveal how to: 

• Recognize the symptoms of anxiety in your child 

• Evaluate your child's need for medication and/or therapy 

• Utilize a journal to gain a clear perspective  

• Assess the role of your family in anxiety disorders 

• Set goals for the future—including what to do if anxiety returns

Overcoming anxiety in children takes time and persistence—but it can be done. By making changes little by little, your child can get well and stay well. The lessons in The Anxiety Cure for Kids have helped many children break free from anxiety and, with your family's help, your child will too.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471263616
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/8/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.-C., served as Vice President of DuPont Clinical Research and on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Her father, Robert L. DuPont, M.D., and her sister, Caroline M. DuPont, M.D., are board certified in psychiatry and in addiction medicine. Robert DuPont was the founding President of the ADAA and the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Caroline DuPont was principal investigator of numerous research studies on the treatment of anxiety. This team specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and also authored The Anxiety Cure: An Eight-Step Program for Getting Well.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgements.

 A Letter to Kids with Anxiety Problems.

Introduction and Guide to This Book.

PART ONE. ALL ABOUT ANXIETY.

Chapter 1. Understanding Anxiety and Fear—The Dragon.

Chapter 2. The History and Diagnostic Categories of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adults.

Chapter 3. Treatment—The Wizard.

Chapter 4. Evaluating Your Child's Need for Medication and Therapy.

PART II. FIVE STORIES FOR KIDS, FIVE STEPS FOR PARENTS.

Chapter 5. Step 1: Ben's Story— Understand the Dragon Your Child Struggles With.

Chapter 6. Step 2. Julie's Story—Shrink the Dragon with Practice and Cognitive Restructuring.

Chapter 7. Step 3. William's Story—Using Medicine and Relaxation.

Chapter 8. Step 4: Rebecca's Story—School Anxiety and School Refusal.

Chapter 9. Step 5. Rebecca's Story One Year Later: Set Goals for the Future, Including Having a Plan if the Anxiety Comes Back.

PART III. BEYOND ANXIETY.

Chapter 10. Assessing the Role of Your Family in Anxiety Disorders.

Chapter 11. Anxiety, Terrorism, and Other Extraordinary Threats to Children.

Chapter 12. Advice for Teachers, Coaches, Doctors, Therapists, School Nurses, and Others who Work with Anxious Kids.

Appendix: Diagnostic Criteria for Anxiety Disorders (from the DSM-IV). 

Glossary.

Suggested Additional Reading.

Anxiety Disorders Resources for Parents and Children.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Anxiety Cure Helping my Daughter

    I purchased this book on the recommendation of our elementary school social worker. My daughter was having debilitating "tummy aches" at school and at the mention of going to school. There was something bothering her, but being only 7, she was having a hard time putting it into words. This book helped me to understand how to help her cope. The descriptions of the anxiety as a dragon helped me make the anxiety feelings real to her, and helped us begin to cope.

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