The Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety: Professional Advice to Help Your Child Feel Confident, Resilient, and Secure

The Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety: Professional Advice to Help Your Child Feel Confident, Resilient, and Secure

by Sherianna Boyle


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Practical advice to help parents and kids cope with anxiety!

All kids worry. But chronic worry can turn into frustration when it becomes the focus of your child's life. For some children, anxiety and fear are overwhelming and all-consuming. But with proper care and treatment, these kids can overcome paralyzing anxiety, learn long-term coping skills, and build resiliency. The Everything Parent's Guide to Overcoming Childhood Anxiety can help, with a hopeful outlook and expert advice on:
  • Determining the causes and triggers of your child's anxiety.
  • Understanding the difference between self-control and self-regulation.
  • Finding the right treatments, including complementary approaches like nutrition, integrated therapy, and self-care.
  • Educating and working with teachers and school officials.
  • Assisting your child to create a confident, promising future.
Best of all, implementing the practices found in this book can help you alter the course of your child's brain activity, changing beta high-frequency (hyperalert, fearful) brain waves to alpha (calming) waves. With this reassuring guide, you can rest easy knowing you have the information and resources you need to help your child feel competent, capable, and healthy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440577062
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 06/06/2014
Series: Everything® Parenting Guide Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 638,665
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sherianna Boyle, MED, CAGS, is an adjunct psychology professor, author of eight books, and founder of Emotional Detox Coaching, C.L.E.A.N.S.E. Method, and C.L.E.A.N.S.E. Yoga. Her work has been featured in more than eighty articles in publications such as Yoga Journal, Psychology Today, Organic Authority, Prevention, and First for Women. Sherianna provides Emotional Detox workshops through renowned centers such as Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and 1440 Multiversity. Find her Emotional Detox podcast, workshops, and services at

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

1 What, Me Worry? 15

What's Happening for My Child? 15

How to Recognize Anxiety 16

What Triggers Anxiety? 18

Worry Makes Anxiety Grow 20

Your Child's Identity 24

Your Child's Self-Esteem 26

The Stress and Anxiety Connection 28

Is Anxiety Contagious? 30

Liberate Stress and Anxiety 33

2 Causes of Anxiety 35

How Common Is Anxiety? 35

Comparing Boys and Girls 36

Psychological Aspects 37

Biological Aspects 39

Genetic Causes 41

The Role of Temperament 42

Environmental Factors 43

3 Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety 48

Behavioral Expressions 48

Avoidance 50

Feeling Isolated 51

Skipping School 53

Homework Hassles 55

Friendship Fuss 58

Body Talk 60

Tummy Troubles 62

Nervous Habits 63

4 School Days 64

Anxiety about School 64

Anticipatory Anxiety 66

Test Anxiety 67

Counter Negative Rehearsal 68

Handling Anxiety at School 70

Peers and Peer Pressure 73

Bullies and Gossip 75

Middle-School Meltdowns 76

Staying Connected and Getting Involved 77

5 Outside Pressures and Influences 80

Coping with Outside Pressures 80

Media 81

Guidelines for Technology and Media 84

Social Media 87

Boundaries 88

Cyberbullying 90

Other Influences 90

Building Face-to-Face Social Skills 92

6 Building a Supportive Home Environment 94

Open Communication 94

Reframing 98

Teaching Kids How to Feel 99

It's a Family Affair 100

Create a Support Team 101

Connect to Truth 103

Effects on Siblings 104

Effects on Partnerships and Marriage 106

Parenting Style 107

7 Parenting and Anxiety 109

The Parent's Role 109

Seeing Choices as Tools 110

Thriving Parents Equal Thriving Children 111

Overprotective Parenting 115

When Parents Are Depressed 117

When Parents Are Stressed 118

How Is Your Marriage? 119

Separation, Divorce, and Blended Families 121

8 Parenting Pointers 126

Consistency and Follow-Through 126

Being Active and Proactive 129

Building an Effective Plan 130

Patience Really Is a Virtue 131

Use Mirror Neurons to Defuse Situations 133

Routine Is King 135

Co-Parenting 135

Parenting Tips 137

9 Parenting Makeovers 139

Rule Makeovers 139

Transform Your Rules Into Empowerment Tools 140

Reframe Language 142

Specialize Routines 143

Change a Habit 143

Work Out Your Right Brain 144

10 Disciplining Children with Anxiety 148

Self-Regulation over Self-Control 148

Using Logical and Natural Consequences 150

Parenting Dos 154

Positive Reinforcement 156

Rewards 158

The Resilent Child 159

11 Self-Love Strategies for Parent and Child 161

Meditation 161

Breathing 164

Progressive Muscle Relaxation 167

Visual Imagery 169

Guided Imagery 170

Self-Talk 170

Exercise 173

From Worrywart to Worry Warrior 174

Self-Soothing Strategies 176

Volunteer Work/Mentoring 180

12 Self-Love Living: Exercise, Nutrition, and Sleep 182

Simple Ways to Curb Anxiety 182

Foods That Can Increase Anxiety 185

Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements 187

Exercise and Yoga 191

Sleep Routine and Ritual 193

13 The Case for Natural Healing: Alternative Therapies 199

Massage 199

Acupuncture 202

Aromatherapy 204

Biofeedback 206

Energy Work 208

14 If It's Not Anxiety, Then What? 212

Overlap with ADHD 212

Overlap with Depression 216

Adjustment Disorders 218

Other Points to Consider 221

Developmental Transitions 223

Shyness and Introversion 226

The Overextended Child 228

15 Types of Anxiety in Children 230

Separation Anxiety Disorder 230

Panic Disorder 233

Social Phobia 236

Generalized Anxiety Disorder 238

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 240

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 243

Selective Mutism 246

Night Terrors 246

16 Choosing Therapy 248

Provider Credentials and Experience 248

Therapeutic Style and Importance of Rapport 250

Clinic or Private Practice? 252

Parent Involvement 258

Individual, Family, and Group Therapy 259

Supportive Approaches 265

Play Therapy 266

Art and Music Therapy 270

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 271

17 Additional Help 274

How Can a Psychiatrist Help? 274

Involving a Primary Care Physician 276

Help from a Nurse Practitioner 278

18 To Medicate or Not 281

Is My Child's Condition Simple or Complex? 281

Types of Medication 284

Is Medication Safe? 285

Monitor Responses to Medication 286

Team Approach 288

All in the Family 290

19 Creating a Promising Future 293

What Is the Goal? 293

Trust Yourself 296

Knowing When to End Medication 300

Three Steps to Smother-Free Support 301

Appendix A Anxiety Questionnaire 305

Appendix B Additional Resources 306

Appendix C References 310

Index 313

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