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Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

by Summer Batte
Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

Name and Tame Your Anxiety: A Kid's Guide

by Summer Batte

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Overview

Help kids understand and manage anxiety to boost their mental health and well-being.

Anxiety in kids is on the rise: 4.4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have diagnosed anxiety disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And even more kids experience some level of anxiety in their daily lives. In kid-friendly language, award-winning Name and Tame Your Anxiety explains what anxiety is, how it works, and how to manage it.

Written by a parent whose child has anxiety and vetted by Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., author of A Practical Guide to Mental Health & Learning Disorders for Every Educator and an expert in the field with more than forty years of experience, Name and Tame Your Anxiety provides practical strategies to help kids manage anxiety, including:
  • Write down your schedule
  • Make anxiety into something funny
  • Make a calming toolkit
  • Deep breathing
  • Name the things around you

This book helps kids understand what is happening in their brains and shows how learning to manage anxiety can help them do the things in life they need and want to do—by practicing anxiety-taming strategies, going to therapy, and/or taking medication. It includes information about how kids can self-advocate for what they need to manage anxiety as well as how to interpret some of the common things adults say to kids about anxiety.

Name and Tame Your Anxiety helps kids better understand and improve their mental health. It also includes self-check and planning exercises, quotes from real kids, and a glossary of terms about anxiety.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631986208
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 137,498
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 13 Years

About the Author

Summer Batte has worked as a writer and editor for more than 16 years. For the past four years, much of her work has been focused on research-based advice stories. She came to appreciate her undergraduate studies in psychology at Stanford University more than ever when she experienced peripartum depression and anxiety, and a few years later, learned she was parenting a child with anxiety. For nearly 10 years, she has researched anxiety and learning disorders to ensure her daughter got the education and life she deserved, and also to help explain anxiety, therapy, and medication in a way that respected and trusted her very bright child’s ability to understand complex concepts. She homeschooled her daughter for three years, which led to even more research into learning styles, teaching methods, and the American education system. It also meant she had to relearn a lot of math. When she has downtime, Summer likes being with her family, reading, watching great TV, trying to perfect chocolate chip banana bread, and knitting (which her daughter made her learn). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

A Note to Kids 1

Part 1 Understanding Anxiety

Chapter 1 What Is Anxiety? 6

How Anxiety Feels 7

Can Other People Tell That You Are Feeling Anxiety? 10

Words That Mean Anxiety 12

When Anxiety Starts to Get in the Way 13

What Anxiety Is and Is Not 16

Chapter 2 What Causes Anxiety 18

When People Feel Anxiety 21

Heredity 22

When Anxiety Is Good 24

When Anxiety Is a Problem 24

What's Happening in Your Brain 26

How the Parts of the Brain Work Together 28

Chapter 3 Types of Anxiety 33

Common Types of Anxiety 34

Part 2 Taming Anxiety

Chapter 4 How to Stop Anxiety from Being in Charge 42

How a Little Healthy Fear Can Turn into a Big Anxiety 43

Times Anxiety Likes to Take Control 45

Benefits of Learning to Manage Anxiety 47

Keeping Your Brain and Body Healthy 48

What You Can Do When You Feel Anxiety 60

How to Plan for Anxiety 66

Chapter 5 Therapy 70

Who Are Therapists? 71

What Happens in the Therapist's Office? 73

What Happens in Therapy? 77

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 79

How Long Will I Go to Therapy? 80

Chapter 6 How Anxiety Works in Your Brain (and How Medication Can Help) 82

How Brain Messages Get Delivered 83

How to Make Serotonin 84

Medication for Anxiety 86

How SSRIs Work 87

What Happens When You Take an SSRI 89

What Does NOT Happen When You Take an SSRI 90

What It Feels Like to Take Anxiety Medication 91

Side Effects of Anxiety Medications 92

How Long to Take Anxiety Medication 92

Part 3 Talking About Anxiety

Chapter 7 Self-Advocacy 96

When to Self-Advocate 98

How to Self-Advocate 100

Who (and How Much) to Tell About Your Anxiety 106

Translating Things Grown-Ups Say 108

When to Listen to Your Gut (Even If You've Been Told Your Gut Overreacts) 112

Chapter 8 Before You Go 116

Conditions That Often Coexist with Anxiety 116

What It Feels Like to Be Less Worried 118

Describing Yourself 119

The End 120

A Note to Adults 121

Glossary 123

Resources 126

Bibliography 130

Index 134

About the Author 137

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