Friday, May 30, 2014

Anxiety in children

This might help in understanding some Scouts and their parents, and how to help them both: Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows
"Anxiety can manifest in children for a variety of reasons, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and specific fear stimulants. However, 'children of parents with anxiety disorders are two to seven times more likely to have an anxiety disorder compared with children from families in which neither parent has an anxiety disorder,' [Golda] Ginsberg [a researcher for John Hopkins University School of Medicine] states in the report.

"'It's important that you have the same expectations of your anxious child that you would of another child,' psychologist Lynne Siqueland told the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

"Parents who also suffer from an anxiety disorder may struggle to know how to help their child. Their own anxiety is compounded by worry for their child, and they may wish to protect and overly reassure their child rather than help them be strong.

"According to Anxiety BC, the most important thing a parent can do is help their child understand that they are not alone with their anxiety, and that they can overcome it."
(Deseret News, emphasis added.)

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