Moments of high anxiety are a normal part of life, but kids can find managing anxiety a challenge. Many young children become overwhelmed by specific fears, such as a fear of barking dogs or visits to the dentist or starting a new school year. And kids of all ages can have difficulty recovering from traumatic events. On this page you’ll find ideas to help with those scenarios. As well, you’ll find help for kids and teens who seem constantly plagued by more generalized anxiety.
Since anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, you may also want to consult our series page on depression too. In young children, death of a loved one or trauma can also trigger anxiety; young kids often mistakenly conclude that something they did caused the death or incident. You can find our series page on grief in children here.
Raising Worry-Free Girls, by Sissy Goff
Braver, Stronger, Smarter: A Girl's Guide to Overcoming Worry and Anxiety (ages 6-11) by Sissy Goff
Is Your Teen Stressed or Depressed, by Dr. Arch Hart and Dr. Catherine Hart Weber
Making Sense of Anxiety in Children and Youth, by Gordon Neufeld (DVD)
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers, by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté
Teens turn to cutting – a form of self-harm – as a way of dealing with painful thoughts and emotional stress
If you fear your child might be contemplating suicide, you need to talk to them right away to find out the truth