Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

by Sheila Achar Josephs PhD


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"... thoughtful tools for helping young people help themselves."
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Parenting a teen isn't easy, but parenting an anxious teen is especially challenging. Written by a psychologist and expert on adolescent anxiety, this essential book will show you what really works to overcome all types of teen anxiety and how to apply specific skills to support your teen. 

Most parents find it frustrating when common sense and logical methods such as reassurance don’t seem to work to allay their teen’s anxiety.  They want to know:  Why is anxiety so hard to get rid of once it takes hold?  Why aren’t my efforts to help working?  And how can I best help my teen break free from anxiety to become happy and resilient? 
This powerful book, based on cutting-edge research and cognitive behavioral strategies, will help you develop the know-how to effectively manage teen anxiety.  You’ll learn the best ways to support your teen in overcoming problematic thinking and fears, discover what behaviors and coping strategies unwittingly make anxiety worse, and understand how anxiety is best defeated with surprisingly counterintuitive methods.  Step-by-step guidance, along with numerous real-life examples and exercises, will help you to:
  • Sensitively redirect your teen’s worries when they intensify
  • Reduce social anxiety, perfectionism, and panic attacks
  • Proactively address common triggers of stress and anxiety
  • Implement a proven approach for decreasing avoidance and facing fears
From overcoming minor angst to defeating paralyzing fear, you and your teen will feel empowered by radically new ways of responding to anxiety. With Helping Your Anxious Teen, you’ll have a wealth of research-backed strategies to lead you in being an effective anxiety coach for your teen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626254657
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 310,760
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and anxiety expert with over twenty years of experience helping kids, teens, families, and adults. She is founder of Princeton Cognitive Therapy, a practice specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety. She has helped numerous kids, teens, parents, clinicians, and school professionals learn cutting-edge strategies to overcome anxiety. She also enjoys presenting workshops on teen stress and resilience for parents. To find out more, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Teens and Anxiety: A Perfect Storm Understanding Anxiety and the Unique Nature of Adolescent Fears 9

2 The Nuts and Bolts of Parenting an Anxious Teen What Works and What Backfires When Managing Teen Anxiety 23

3 My Constant Worrier Overcoming Fearful Thinking and Repetitive Worries 41

4 My Anxiously Avoiding Teen Eliminating Avoidance and Learning How to Face Fears 61

5 My Socially Fearful Teen Reducing Social Fears and Facing Social Challenges 83

6 My Perfectionistic Teen Confronting Perfectionism and Procrastination 105

7 My Irritable, Stressed-Out Teen Managing Irritability, Stress, and Anxious Meltdowns 127

8 Quieting the Body's Alarm System Reducing Panic, Decreasing Physical Symptoms, and Calming the Mind 149

9 Anxiety Flashpoints Through the Teen Years Modifying Triggers of Adolescent Anxiety and Understanding Anxiety Disorders 167

10 A Roadmap for Parents Coping with an Anxious Teen, Challenging Your Worries, and Leading the Way 189

Acknowledgments 207

Appendix A Socratic Questions Parents' Easy Guide to Questioning Anxious Thoughts 209

Appendix B Cognitive Errors 211

Appendix C Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed in Children and Adolescents 213

Appendix D Professional Associations 217

Appendix E Useful Apps 219

Selected References and Recommended Readings 221


Josephs resides in West Windsor, NJ.

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