One Mother Faces Her Daughter’s OCD

One mother, Beth Boyle Machlan, shares what it felt like to discover that her daughter had obsessive compulsive disorder. Just one year after little Lucy was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome (at age eight), Lucy began to express concern regarding her uncontrollable urges to count and organize every day toys and items.

Exploring Fear of Animals in Children

Most children are only too happy to play with a cute, little puppy. But some kids display an unusually strong fear toward certain animals. Dogs, snakes, spiders, and even birds can cause a negative reaction in children with an animal phobia. A child may fear one creature in particular or grow agitated by animals in general. Learn how to recognize an animal phobia in a child.

15 Minute Yoga Routines for Young Children

Yoga can offer tremendous benefits for anyone with childhood anxiety, but unfortunately young children are not always interested in participating in traditional yoga. Cosmic Kids has developed a series of short 15-minute yoga videos designed to capture a young child's imagination and introduce them to the world of yoga using an approach that they are sure to be excited about!

Child Anxiety Disorders Can Lead to a Lower Income as an Adult

Possibly due to the effect that mental health issues (including childhood anxiety) have on cognitive, behavioral, and/or social development, individuals with early-onset mental disorders are reported (in a new research study published in the journal Biological Psychology) to have lower incomes than others. The correlation was strongest among the female participants. Read more!

How Anxiety Disorders Are Detected in Children

It's normal for children to be afraid of something, but having an anxiety disorder is much more serious. Anxiety disorders can cause very high levels of stress in children. This amount of stress during development is unhealthy and can affect a child for years to come. Read more to learn about how health experts check for anxiety problems in children.

Fear-Based Parenting and How it Affects Children

Is it possible that modern adults are making parenting more difficult than it needs to be, and could this contribute to the rising rates of childhood anxiety and depression? Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, thinks so. Read about how Skenazy feels children should be spending their time, and in which areas she believes parents need to loosen up so that their children can make the most of their childhood.

Cat Helps Boy With Selective Mutism

A friendly cat is helping a 7-year-old boy, Lorcan Dillon, overcome his anxiety disorder known as selective mutism. Lorcan has struggled with selective mutism since he was 3 years old. Lorcan's parents report that their son has improved tremendously since the cat, a Birman named Jessie, was added to their family 2 years ago.

Spanking Increases Risk of Anxiety Disorders

A new study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that anxiety and depression rates are higher among adults who were spanked or physically reprimanded during childhood. Researchers believe that this may be due to the amount of stress that is carried during childhood when fear of physical punishment is present.

The Relationship Between Sugar and Childhood Anxiety

Could sugar be a major culprit when it comes to your child's anxiety? Sugar comes in various forms and is not always easy to identify when reading ingredient labels. Learn about the relationship between sugar consumption and anxiety, and what you can do to ensure that your child's diet is not contributing to their struggle with anxiety.

Child-Friendly Tea for Anxiety Relief

Do you enjoy drinking tea to calm your nerves after a long day? Consider sharing this ritual with your child and start by learning which herbal teas are safe for children. For a child with anxiety, specific herbal teas can calm the mind and body and provide a gentle transition into a hectic day, or help them unwind and promote a restful night of sleep.