How to Calm Your Anxious Child

  • Topic Info:We live in a fast-paced, anxious world. It's estimated that 30 percent of all kids will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in their young lives.

    As a parent, you naturally want to protect your child. Oftentimes parents will walk on eggshells around kids so as not to trigger anxious moments.

    However, Dr. Kathleen Trainor, founder of the TRAINOR Center, says it's important for your child to push through the anxiety. He or she needs to face fears when the fears are "irrational."

    A certain amount of anxiety is normal. We all feel nervous when trying new things or when faced with new situations. But, when the anxiety causes avoidance or severe emotional reactions, it's time to take a closer look at what's going on.

    Dr. Trainor often uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based approach that involves changing the way you think and setting behavioral goals. This tactic has been shown to change the brain's function.

    There are other factors you can look at to address anxiety as well, including exercise, a well-balanced diet, and proper sleep.

    If you're a parent with an anxious child, don't blame yourself. Learn more about anxiety disorders. Help your child set goals to push through anxious situations.

    Listen in as Dr. Trainor joins Andrea and Lisa to share tips for helping to calm your anxious child.
  • Book Title: Calming Your Anxious Child: Words to Say and Things to Do
  • Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH