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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

Don’t Tell Your Kids to Say, “I’m Sorry”

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

I’m Sorry, But… …This 4 minute NPR story about APOLOGIZING got my attention, and I believe it deserves yours –…

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Silence Your Inner Critic

By Diane Dempster

Getting Rid of the Gremlins Gremlins – we all have them. What are they and why do they make or…

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get clear how you feel about change

Get Clear About How You Feel About Change

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Some people are all about change. They are all about self-improvement and personal development. They like to improve systems, or…

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Make Mistakes Matter Of Fact

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Diane and I hear it all the time on our group coaching calls, and with our private clients. Things like,…

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School Shootings

Tips For Talking to Anxious Kids About School Shootings

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

How do you explain the impossible to children? How do you instill confidence and calm when children are overwrought by…

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Parent ADHD

I Learned to Parent ADHD — From My Dog Trainer

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Training Starts With Us I believe in dog training for dog owners, much like I believe in parent training for…

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Try "After" Instead of "If"

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

  Subtle tweaks of language can have a big effect. We all know the power of magic words like “please”…

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Overcoming Learning Challenges – A Complex Kid Speaks Out

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know how to talk to your child about her learning challenge? Do you…

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Teach Your Kids to Stop Asking Questions

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sounds crazy, right? I mean, we’re always telling our kids that there are no stupid questions, and they should ask…

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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%.