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Guiding parents and teachers to navigate the challenges of Anxiety

Anxiety is thought to be the most common mental health or neurodevelopmental condition worldwide. Even outside of a global pandemic and other stress-inducing aspects of societal upheaval, the pace and expectations of modern society seem to be causing a steady rise in symptoms of anxiety across the globe. Parents are worried, teachers are stressed, and their students are getting increasingly more anxious. Anxiety can significantly (cont'd below)

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Leading Articles about Managing Anxiety

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Help Them Figure It Out!

By Diane Dempster

My kids, 11 and 13, are practically twins developmentally. It leads to a lot of power struggles and conflict. This…

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Parenting Through Denial

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

The first step to feeling successful when raising children – particularly children with complex issues like ADHD, anxiety, learning disabilities,…

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Prevent Meltdowns with a Trigger Journal

By Diane Dempster

Meltdowns Aren’t Always Random One of the most important parts of helping our kids learn how to handle their emotional…

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Did Social Anxiety Make Me a Leader?

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

I was 56 years old before I began to suspect that social anxiety played a big part in making me…

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5 Tips to Help Kids with ADHD or Anxiety Thrive When Schooling from Home

By ImpactTeam Lead

“So, what are you doing to manage school this year?” For parents, that question can bring up overwhelming anxiety as…

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Using Time Effectively When There’s Really No Time to Spare

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

It’s so hard to use time effectively these days. In my house, we are living life at a warp-speed-wonderful pace,…

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Three Steps to Take When Your Kid Says, “I Don’t Know”

By Diane Dempster

Blank Stares As parents, it can be difficult to effectively engage our kids in the process making decisions for themselves.…

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What to Do When Emotions Get Intense

By Diane Dempster

A Plan Of Calm Emotional intensity can be a huge issue in families of complex kids. Sometimes it’s the kids…

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How to Cope with (and Avoid) Feeling Overwhelmed

Interview with Kricket Harrison

This interview is about the best ways to cope with (and avoid) feeling overwhelmed – and how to stay calm…

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(continued) impair a student’s availability to learning; its close companion, stress, can reduce the effectiveness of an adult’s communication. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder; the Anxiety and Depression Association of America puts the number for adults at 1 in 5.

Many strategies are offered to help children, teens and adults manage the symptoms of anxiety, including: medications, stress management training, meditation and mindfulness practices, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), some forms of coaching, sleep hygiene, and breathing techniques. New and promising CBD research is revealing potential options for support in addition to commonly prescribed medications. As with ADHD and many other conditions impacting children, when parents receive behavior management training, they are better able to create an environment that can effectively support their children and teens with anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety vary. On one end of the spectrum, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is reflected in more than 3% of the population who tend to feel anxious most days and struggle to remember when they felt relaxed. Social anxiety is another form of anxiety that occurs specifically in certain social dynamics.

On the other end of the spectrum, anxiety is a symptom of other mental health conditions such as panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety also commonly coexists in children and teens with other health and learning conditions such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism and depression. Again, according to the NIH, between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%.