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Anxiety in kids and teens

Helping kids through one of the most common mental health challenges
Inside this Series

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.


Recognizing and managing anxiety in kids

Other resources:

Raising Worry-Free Girls, by Sissy Goff.

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.

AnxietyCanada.com

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre 

Brave Beauty (for girls ages 8+)

Braver, Stronger, Smarter: A Girl's Guide to Overcoming Worry and Anxiety (ages 6-11)


Trauma-related anxiety


Childhood fears


Back-to-school anxiety