Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children / Edition 2

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About 13% or over 6.5 million children and adolescents in the US suffer from serious anxiety, making it the most common emotional problem in youngsters. Anxiety in youngsters is commonly misdiagnosed as attention-deficit disorder (ADD). The good news is that anxiety is the most treatable emotional problem. Success rates with early recognition and proper treatment are excellent! Countless parents, schools and healthcare professionals have come to rely on Worried No More to help youngsters with anxiety reclaim the joys of childhood. In her landmark and highly acclaimed book, Dr. Aureen Wagner brings scientifically proven and time tested cognitive-behavioral strategies into the everyday lives of children and families. Her creative, warm and user-friendly approach appeals to children and adults alike. She identifies the red flags and early warning signs of anxiety, and how to tell normal from problem anxiety. Worried No More is packed with information and valuable step-by-step guidance to help children cope with worry, school refusal, separation anxiety, excessive shyness, panic, disasters and tragedies, phobias, obsessions and compulsions.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two books build on each other. Written by a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, Help for Worried Kids introduces the topic of childhood anxiety disorders. The text opens with a discussion of the causes of childhood anxiety, its many "faces," and how to identify an anxious child. The second part is dedicated to the disorders themselves, with each chapter offering an in-depth examination that includes prevention, diagnosis, personal narratives, and advice on helping children gain control over fear and anxiety. A good selection of resources, check lists, and worksheets rounds out the text. This book is geared to concerned parents looking for help in determining whether their child's uneasiness is reason for concern. In contrast, Worried No More is geared not only to parents but also to school and healthcare professionals; it reads like a training guide for those with a daily need to understand and help children experiencing serious anxiety. Clinical child psychologist Wagner has a unique approach to making cognitive-behavioral therapy applicable to youngsters. As in the first edition, she begins by identifying normal fears and anxieties and considering when they become problematic. She then addresses the most common anxiety problems and disorders, discussing causes, therapies, and medications and what parents can do to help. Finally, she expands the strategies beyond the family to what schools can do. This book considers challenges and strategies in detail, carefully addressing how a parent can develop a systematic and goal-directed approach with the school to implement an effective action plan for the child there. Though both books are recommended for public libraries, Wagner offers far more tools, practical and well researched, for effectively helping anxious children and is recommended for academic libraries as well.-Kari Ramstrom, MLIS, Plymouth, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967734798
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Press, Incorporated NY
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 345,628
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. AUREEN PINTO WAGNER is Director of The Anxiety Wellness Center in Cary, NC, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Wagner is a clinical child psychologist, anxiety treatment expert and sought-after international speaker who is recognized for her unique Worry Hill(R) treatment approach. She is the author of several highly acclaimed books on anxiety and its treatment.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Children in the shadow 11
Chapter 2 The many faces of anxiety 14
Chapter 3 Anxiety: Normal and necessary 16
Normal fears and anxieties in children and adolescents 17
Normal rituals and superstitions 20
Age differences in expression of anxiety 20
When does anxiety become a problem? 21
When does anxiety become a disorder? 22
Chapter 4 Anxiety problems and disorders in children and adolescents 24
Separation Anxiety Disorder 24
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 25
Specific Phobias 26
Social Anxiety/Excessive shyness 27
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 27
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptoccocal Infections (PANDAS) 29
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 30
Panic Disorder 32
"School Phobia" 32
Which anxiety disorder is this? 34
Chapter 5 Disorders associated with anxiety 35
Depression 35
Tourette Syndrome 35
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 36
Autism and Asperger's Syndrome 37
Trichotillomania 38
Body Dysmorphic Disorder 39
Delusions, hallucinations and psychosis 40
Chapter 6 The far-reaching effects of anxiety 41
Chapter 7 Warning signs and signals 44
Chapter 8 What causes anxiety disorders in children? 47
The Fuel for Anxiety 48
The Anxiety Triad 48
The Vicious Cycle of Avoidance 49
Reactions and responses of parents 50
Stress 51
Chapter 9 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety 53
Cognitive elements 54
Behavioral elements 60
Physical elements 68
Can young children participate in CBT? 69
Social Skills Training 71
Chapter 10 Medications for anxiety in children 74
Chapter 11 What parents can do to help 77
The 3 P's: Proactive, positive and preventive 78
The 3 S's: Security, structure and stability 80
Self-reliance 82
Communication 83
Appropriate attending 84
Corrective Learning Experiences 86
Setting a positive example 91
Unhelpful reactions and responses 92
Chapter 12 What school personnel can do to help 93
Education and training 94
Early detection 94
Establishment of helping partnerships 95
Assessment 97
Consultation and appropriate referral 98
Provision of a physically and emotionally safe environment 99
Management of anxiety in school 100
Preventive strategies 103
Chapter 13 Helping anxious children in school: An action plan 105
Identify specific concerns 105
Develop helping partnerships 105
Conduct systematic assessment 106
Consult and/or refer 108
Define and prioritize target behaviors and goals 108
Design problem-focused interventions 110
Cultivate the child's treatment-readiness 111
Apply interventions 112
Evaluate and modify 112
An action plan for School refusal/Separation anxiety 113
Chapter 14 Finding the right community partners 124
Barriers to effective partnerships 126
Working through the obstacles 129
Engaging reluctant children 130
Chapter 15 Specific strategies for anxiety-related problems 134
Normal anxiety 134
Back to school anxiety 135
Coping with trauma, tragedy, war and violence 136
Separation anxiety 138
School refusal/Tardiness 138
Reassurance seeking 139
Perfectionism 140
Obsessions and compulsions 140
Writing and reading difficulties 141
Inability to complete assignments and homework 142
Social anxiety/Excessive shyness 142
Panic 143
Difficulty shifting gears 143
Refusal to speak in school 144
Performance/Test anxiety 144
Tics 144
Meltdowns and explosiveness 145
References 147
Resources 149
Support Organizations 151
Forms and tools 153
Form 1 Corrective Learning Experiences Worksheet 155
Form 2 Parent-Teacher Log 157
Form 3 Home Behavior Observations 159
Form 4 School Behavior Observations 161
Form 5 My Thoughts and Feelings 163
Form 6 The Feeling Thermometer 165
Form 7 My Fear Ladder 167
Form 8 Exposure Progress Record 169
Form 9 RIDE Up and Down the Worry Hill Memory Card 171
Form 10 Facing My Fears 173
Index 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Daughter has her life Back Thanks to this Book

    My daughter was shy around new people, but I didn't realize how limiting it was until she attended school. She was refusing to go to birthday parties, freezing so she couldn't have a conversation, and not verbally communicating to her teacher at all. I read 'Worried No More' and it helped me to understand her feelings better. Dr Pinto-Wagner's book gave me advice on how to work with her and prepare her for new situations and people. Her teachers were also very patient with her without giving up. We all had the same goal which was to get her to communicate her needs and wants and to participate in life. This book helped me to do just that.

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