The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal
Publisher: Hunter House
ISBN 10: 0897934202
ISBN 13: 978-0897934206
The Worried Child shows that anxiety is preventable or can at least be minimized by raising children's self confidence, increasing social and self-control skills, and teaching them how to play, relax, and communicate their feelings and needs. Written for parents and teachers and anyone dealing with children, the guide covers the importance of adequate rest, sleep, and exercise and provides detailed lists, skill exercises, sample dialogues, and case studies. It also presents extensive information on the various types and symptoms of anxiety disorders. Advice for educators, health care professionals, childcare workers and psychotherapists is included along with a chapter and tutorial written specifically for children.
The Worried Child is a highly accessible self-help guide for anyone dealing with a child who is or may become anxious.
From Publishers Weekly
Psychologist Foxman (Dancing with Fear) has penned a caring yet straightforward book about helping kids deal with feelings of angst. Noting that one in five children suffers from a mental health problem, Foxman says some experts call today's children the "shell-shocked" generation. Divorce, crime, violence, failing schools, the threat of terrorism and drug abuse are a few of the contemporary issues often magnified for kids by vivid media coverage, and they've contributed to the rise of stress and anxiety among children, says Foxman. The author, who suffered from anxiety as a child and as an adult, melds personal and professional experience as he differentiates between normal and abnormal worrying (the latter involves a degree and frequency that interferes with daily routines). According to Foxman, three factors coincide to create an anxious child: biological sensitivity, personality and stress. Children who are perfectionists, who are overly sensitive to criticism and have difficulty with assertiveness, among other traits, are prone to anxiety, though many of the worried child's personality traits, such as intelligence and a strong sense of responsibility, are positive. In addition to global issues such as war, terrorism and violence, Foxman delves into how personal crises (e.g., divorce, sexual abuse and school-related stress) can affect children, and suggests how parents can help and when they should seek therapy for their child. He rounds out this informative guide with a chapter for children that speaks directly to young readers.
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A deeply insightful look into the minds of today's children. -- Jenna Glatzer, author Conquering Panic & Anxiety Disorders
I recommend this book to everyone who cares about children. It provides powerful, specific suggestions for...reducing stress and anxiety. -- John R. Pullen, Ph.D., National Director, Center for Help for Anxiety and Agoraphobia through New Growth Experiences
Practical, reassuring advice to help parents, teachers, and other caring adults address this common, but treatable, childhood condition. -- David Fassler, M.D., Dept. of Psychiatry University of Vermont
This book involves one of the most critical issues facing us today, and it fills a great need. -- Joseph Chilton Pearce, author Magical Child
About the Author
Paul Foxman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Director of the Center for Anxiety Disorders in Vermont. He is the author of Dancing with Fear and the coauthor of Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Foxman wants children to feel safe and grow up without fear or anxiety. To help keep the magic in childhood, he co-founded the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne, Vermont.