Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries, and Phobias

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If you are the parent of one of the millions of children with worry and anxiety: help is on the way. Anxiety is the number one mental health challenge facing our children today. Fortunately, there is good news for these kids and the parents who suffer along with them - anxiety disorders are also the most treatable mental health condition. With the powerful cognitive-behavioral treatments now available, there has never been more hope for anxious children's bright future.

Treatment is not about trying to cajole or talk kids out of their fears; it's about teaching them to see worry as a problem to be solved. Translating cutting-edge techniques into down-to-earth, empathic, user-friendly steps, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety equips parents, teachers and therapists with the information they need to recognize the red flags of anxiety in children and how they can systematically overcome the obstacles that anxiety imposes.

Empowering and insightful, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, gives children - from preschool to high school - the action plan and the tools to take charge, unplug from anxiety, and plug into sound, realistic thinking. Learning the lessons from parents, children can reduce anxiety and even prevent anxiety disorders from taking hold.

Part One includes a primer on causes and mechanisms of transmission of anxiety messages in the brain - the how, when and where of seeking help for your child - a chapter on the worry tricks the brain can play, and finally the five step 'Master Plan' for overcoming anxiety.

Part Two goes in depth, with separate chapters for each anxiety subtype: panic, separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized worry, phobias, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Also included is a chapter on habit behaviors and conditions which are typically exacerbated by stress, tics and trichotillomania.

Part Three expands the focus to anxious children at school, and with friends and siblings. Because nighttime can be a very anxious time, a chapter on managing nighttime fears and sleep difficulties is included.

Anxious children are especially sensitive to real life stress such as coping with illness, death, crime, and terrorism. Strategies for how to constructively discuss these difficult topics are included in a separate chapter.

Customer Reviews:

  • A miracle for me and my 8-yr-old
    From the first page, this book gave me inspiration. I have two children with anxiety disorder and I learned right away that some of the ways I was trying to "help" were actually making them more anxious. After showing the books' illustrations and ideas to my son, we are now working TOGETHER against the anxiety. The results are nothing short of a miracle! My daughter's anxiety is under control with medication, but we will soon be trying to take her off, and we have the tools to help her....more info
  • sleep problems
    my daughter has not slept n her bed alone for 8 years. she was always scared of the dark. We have tried everything and nothing worked. I bought the book and taught her the how to handle things using the books ideas and she now has slept in her bed all night allnight by herself for 1 month. The book is wonderful and can imply to all types of anxiety problems and is a great book for parents. Praise God for this. ...more info
  • Great for parents
    This book is one of the best I've seen in terms of describing how anxiety works and providing tips to combat it. It is written clearly and plainly and even includes some illustrations that make it very easy to understand why kids with anxiety have difficulty with certain tasks. This book gave me hope for how I could help my two sons with anxiety. It made me feel empowered by giving me concrete advice that I could use at home and pass on to their teachers at school. This is required reading for anyone who has anxiety themselves or is trying to helping someone else who does....more info
  • Freedom
    Any parent who has the unfortunate circumstance to pick-up this book and learn how to cope with their child's anxiety will find it very informative and helpful. More importantly it will help your family down the road towards freedom. Freedom for your child to understand their feelings of anxiety and begin to relax and enjoy their childhood experiences. Freedom is also attainable for the parents, and other siblings, to have more productive days without dealing with the amazing stress of altering daily actives to meet the needs of your anxious child.

    Dr. Chansky does a great job at explaining anxiety in simple terms that a parent can use to help explain to the child and re-assure him/her that the problem is not their fault. There are practical steps outlined that helps the child understand the differences between "good" thoughts and "anxious" thoughts. Dr. Chansky then breaks down different anxieties that are most common in children and provides exercises for the parents to break the anxieties down and build a foundation to change the child's thinking patterns that lead to the anxiety.

    While the book is laid out in a very easy to follow format, and devotes sections to your child's particular problems, I think the book should be combined with some professional help depending on the severity of your child's issues. It is a great tool to be used when working with your child to begin removing anxious thoughts, but as a non-professional I found certain exercise (although very helpful) opened the door to larger discussions that I was less prepared to help with.

    A good book that will prepare parents and children towards successful freedom
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  • Fantastic!
    This book is exactly what I was looking for. It very clearly explains anxiety problems and how to deal with them. The solutions are very straight-forward, practical and helpful. ...more info
  • good book
    this is a comprehensive book on the topics. i enjoyed reading it and the techniques mentioned are very helpful too....more info
  • Freeing your child from anxiety.
    This book took away the helpless feeling I was having dealing wih my daughter's anxiety. It gave me practical strategies to use to help her conquer her worries and anxieties. This book gave us our daughter back....more info
  • Pretty Good Book
    This book had some good ideas, and was helpful. A lot of it was things I'd already figured out, but it was still pretty good. ...more info
  • Freeing Your Child From Anxiety
    this book is very informational and organized well. i like that you can just go to the sections you are interested in. they also have very good techniques for the kids (and adults) to try. highly recommended!...more info
  • Tangible help
    This book break down the root of anxiety and provides real life examples on how to help your children work through their aniexty. The book is organized in a way that the information is easy to read....more info
  • A very helpful book!
    I really enjoyed this book. It was very user friendly, and showed how to help your child, by giving you the appropriate language to use to explain feelings of anxiety/fear and how to take charge of them....more info
  • Terrific, concise, book.
    This book has many tangible solutions and specific excercises to try with your child. Very helpful and easy to understand....more info
  • great book
    Understanding your child's emotional challenges can help your child be the best they can be
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  • A must read
    This is a must read book for parents of children with anxiety disorders. So many books tell you what to do but this one tells you how to do it. Its chock-full of practical and useful examples on what to say. Dr. Chansky tells you how to talk to your child about anxiety in kid friendly and parent friendly language. She gives parents a way to understand what their child is experiencing so they can help. Dr Chansky also gives advice on how to handle lots of difficult day to day situations. Though written for parents, this book is a great help for therapists by providing a language to talk to kids and treatment guidelines for the different anxiety disorders useful for even the experienced clinician....more info
  • Excellent resource
    This is a great book for parents trying to help an anxious child. It is written in a straightforward way, without a lot of the fluff and extra verbiage that other, similar books include. The author includes realistic-seeming examples and vignettes, but not so many that they overwhelm the content. A very useful resource....more info