Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life--from Toddlers to Teens

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, Revised and Updated Edition: Practical Strategies to Overcome Fears, Worries, and Phobias and Be Prepared for Life--from Toddlers to Teens

by Tamar Chansky Ph.D.


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Childhood should be a happy, carefree time.

Too many children are stressed-out and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. In Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, childhood anxiety expert Dr. Tamar Chansky shares a proven approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life.

Parents everywhere want to know: What is normal? How can you know when stress has crossed over into a full-blown anxiety disorder? How can you prevent anxiety from taking root? And how do you help your son or daughter break free from a pattern of fear and worry and lead a happy, productive life? Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable, and parents can do a lot to help get their children’s emotional well-being back on track.

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety contains easy, fun, and effective tools for teaching children to outsmart their worries and take charge of their fears. This revised and updated edition also teaches how to prepare children to withstand the pressure in our competitive test-driven culture. Learn the tips, techniques, and exercises kids need to implement the book’s advice right away, including “How to Talk to Your Child” sections and “Do It Today” activities at the end of each chapter.

These simple solutions can help parents prevent their children from needlessly suffering today—and ensure that their children have the tools they need for a good life tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804139809
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 72,392
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

TAMAR E. CHANSKY, Ph.D., founder of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, has helped thousands of children overcome fears and gripping mental compulsions. She is also the author of Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Freeing Yourself from Anxiety.

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Table of Contents

Authors Note to Second Edition xi

Introduction How to Be a Worrywise Parent and Raise a Worrywise Kid 1

Part I Anxiety Disorder Basics: What You Need to Know to Set Your Child Free 19

Chapter 1 "I Can't; I'm Too Scared": Understanding Children's Fears and Worries 21

Chapter 2 Making the Diagnosis for Anxiety: Is It Just a Phase? 38

Chapter 3 When and Where to Turn for Help: Treatments for Childhood Anxiety 54

Part II Behind the Scenes in Your Brain: Teaching Your Child to Outsmart the Tricks the Brain Can Play 65

Chapter 4 How to Explain Worry to Your Child 67

Chapter 5 How to Change Your Child's Thinking and Get Them Unstuck 86

Chapter 6 How to Calm the Body and Unplug the Alarms 109

Chapter 7 How to Change Anxious Behavior and Help Your Child to Face Their Fears 123

Chapter 8 Putting It All Together: The Master Plan for Taking Charge of Anxiety 143

Chapter 9 The Project: How to Make the Process Work 166

Chapter 10 The Parent's Stance: Broadening Your Child's Base in the World and Expanding the Confidence Zone 184

Part III All Worries Great and Small: Common Childhood Fears and Worries and Problem Anxieties 205

Chapter 11 From Everyday Worries to Generalized Anxiety Disorder 207

Chapter 12 From the Mini-Scaries to Real Phobias 230

Chapter 13 From Shyness to Social Anxiety and Selective Mutism 253

Chapter 14 From Clinginess to Separation Anxiety and Panic Disorder 279

Chapter 15 From Superstitions and Rituals to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and PANS 309

Chapter 16 From Nervous Habits to Tourette's Syndrome and Trichotillomania 338

Chapter 17 From Acute Stress to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 358

Part IV Anxiety: Beyond the Diagnoses 375

Chapter 18 Things That Go Bump in the Night: From Nighttime Fears to Sleep Anxieties 377

Chapter 19 Expanding the Focus: Anxious Children at School and with Friends and Family 394

Chapter 20 Worry Prevention in the Real World 413

Chapter 21 Taking the Pressure Off of Pressure Cooker Kids 423

Chapter 22 Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: Your Child Will Lead the Way 442

Acknowledgments 451

Index 453

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