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Learn how to help your child manage anxiety.

anxiety in children

A child may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder when he does not outgrow the worries and fears that are typical in young children. Sometimes these fears can interfere with school, home, or other activities. They can also make children irritable and angry.

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When your child suffers from anxiety, it’s common for parents to go into protection mode. Sometimes parents attempt to solve problems for the child or try to create a worry-free environment. Parents can help their children learn to manage anxiety.

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Hi, I'm Vicky. Welcome to my blog!

I started my career as a therapist, and soon I became interested in children's psychology. I've always known about the importance of mental health, but over time I realized most of our adult disorders, particularly anxiety, has deep roots in childhood. I believe that's when we have to act, so we can help our children to become happy adults.

In this blog, I've compiled articles to clarify some of the asumptions of anxiety in children, and share some tips and advice for parents on how to best help them to manage it.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find something to help you along the way.