Teaching kids how to manage anxiety
Anxiety problems in children are very common, probably more so than other better known behavioural problems like conduct disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But how can we help children who suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety and fears in children are often obvious from an early age. Children from age five can present with phobias, obsessive-compulsive problems, social fears and shyness, or separation anxiety.
Anxious children usually fear particular things (for example, strangers or separation). They will talk about their fears and will avoid the situations or activities that they fear. Parents can:
- ask about their children’s fears,
- listen to what they have to say, and
- watch what they do.
The main thing to consider is “Is my child’s anxiety interfering with his or her life?” If the answer is “yes” then it is worth doing something about it.
But what can be done for anxious kids? The answer is that teaching kids practical skills through cognitive behavioural therapy goes a long way to helping them manage their own anxiety.
At Psychology Consultants, children can learn how to identify their anxiety, how to manage the physical symptoms of anxiety, and how to think more realistically. We can also help them expose themselves to their feared situations and reduce their anxiety reaction to those situations.
This approach helps children grow in confidence and fulfill their potential throughout their lives.
To view our therapist that see children, visit the Brisbane Psychologists page of our website.