Childhood Anxiety


Studies have shown that a parent's involvement in their child's treatment can help reduce anxiety.
The article stated that parents are in a position to help, since their kids naturally rely on them for reassurances and protection.
Kids feel fearful most times and the type of fear they experience can change as they age, but if they don't outgrow their fears or if their worries go on for too long, they may have an anxiety disorder.

Signs of anxiety disorder in kids
Act irritably or angry
Trouble sleeping stomach aches
Mood swings
Problems in school and social interactions.

To determine whether teaching parents strategies for responding to their child’s anxiety works as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, a team led by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center tested a program called Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE). SPACE helps parents identify which accommodating behaviors they can reduce and teaches them new ways to respond. The research was supported by NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science (NCATS). Results were published online on March 6, 2019, in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Researchers randomly assigned 124 children, aged 7 to 14, who had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder to either the standard cognitive behavioral therapy or assigned their parents to the SPACE program. Each treatment program consisted of 12 weekly 60-minute sessions with a therapist.

By Tianna Hicklin Ph.D
Source: National institute of health


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