Back to School Without the Blues: Helping Children Cope with “First Day” Anxiety

Planning ahead and setting attainable goals can relieve school anxiety in children and set the tone for a positive and productive school year. Looking at family schedules together and getting them involved in the decision-making process helps children take ownership of their school experience and reduces stress as the new year approaches.

Positive Thinking Training for Teenagers with Anxiety

A study published in the journal of Child Psychiatry and Human Development revealed that adolescent anxiety can be reduced by helping teenagers develop the skills to transform their negative thoughts into positive ones. The study involved 36 teenagers and used a computer program to help the teens alter their destructive thought patterns.

Risk Factors for Anxiety Disorders

Certain factors can increase a persons risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Knowing these risk factors will help any parent who suspects that their child might be displaying signs of childhood anxiety. Age, gender, family history and a variety of other factors can all influence a child's risk of having an anxiety disorder later in life.

Art Relieves Stress in Kids with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders

Children with ADHD and other anxiety disorders may have trouble finding a way to release the negative energy and frustration caused by their condition. Some children who suffer from anxiety problems will act out in a misguided attempt to cope. This is a cry for help that needs to be answered by parents and teachers. Learn what art therapy can do for an anxious child.

Argumentative Teens May be Better at Resisting Peer Pressure

A University of Virginia study revealed that teenagers who frequently argue or disagree with their parents are more likely to stand up for themselves during high pressure situations. The study suggests that teenagers use disagreements with their parents as a chance to practice for other situations that they may encounter. Adolescents with anxiety, especially social anxiety, are likely to argue with their parents frequently because they feel that they are in a safe place to let out the emotions that have been bundled up all day.

Animal-Assisted Therapy for Kids, Teens

Nature can have a soothing effect on a troubled mind, even in today's hectic society. Caring for an animal is one of the simplest ways to relieve excess stress and reduce depressive thoughts. Animal-assisted therapy can be a great way to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Check out these two recent stories about animal therapy for kids.

Beauty Queen Suffered from Childhood Anxiety

If your young child or teenager has an anxiety disorder, you're probably worried about what the future may bring. Some anxiety disorders will go away or at least grow less severe as your child ages. Other anxiety-related conditions may continue to plague your child well into adulthood. The story of a pageant finalist who overcame her severe childhood anxiety offers hope to fretful parents.

New App to Treat Kids and Adults with OCD

The digital age has made it possible for you to use your smartphone for anything. For iPhone users who struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, there's now an option to buy an app which helps to reduce anxiety related to the condition. Come find out how the app works and how you can download it straight to your iPhone.

Tips for Building a Girl’s Self Esteem

Does your daughter's self esteem seem a little low lately? Check out this article that offers a few tips for building up your daughter's self esteem so that she can have all of the confidence that she needs to get through the turmoil that goes along with being a teenager.

Yoga Reduces Anxiety in Teenagers

Practicing yoga regularly is statistically proven to reduce anxiety in teenagers. If your teenager needs a new way to unwind after a long and difficult day, consider introducing them to yoga. Participating in yoga with your child can provide a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between the two of you.