“If I bumped my head I’d think I’d get a concussion. If I got hit in the temple I’d watch the clock because I thought I was going to die.” The strong correlation between parent anxiety and child anxiety suggests causation, therefore, parental support is instrumental in helping children overcome their anxiety, says Noah’s psychotherapist, Lynn Lyons. “It’s important that you have the same expectations of your anxious child that you would of another child,” psychologist Lynne Siqueland told the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Parents who also suffer from an anxiety disorder may struggle to know how to help their child. Their own anxiety is compounded by worry for their child, and they may wish to protect and overly reassure their child rather than help them be strong. Anxiety BC , a resource group, offers several ways parents can help, beyond the preventative therapy advised by Ginsberg’s study. Parents can have older children and teenagers learn to understand and face the source of their fears, and “younger children…can benefit from coming up with some coping statements that they can say to themselves to help them deal with feelings of fear or anxiety. For example, ‘It won’t go on forever, it will end.'” According to Anxiety BC, the most important thing a parent can do is help their child understand that they are not alone with their anxiety, and that they can overcome it.
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