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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

Have No Fear

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sure, it’s easy for me to say. Your child has a chronic medical condition that makes self-management quite difficult. How…

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Sometimes Kids Fail

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sometimes it just breaks your heart to be a parent, doesn’t it? I mean, it can feel like torture, watching,…

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Shifting Expectations

Shift Your Expectations to Manage Complex Kids

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

“The greatest gift you can give yourself, and your child with ADHD, Anxiety, or other challenges, is to acknowledge that…

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Turn Fear into Faith in your Child!

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Sometimes we tell our kids that we don’t believe in them, even when we think we’re telling them we do.…

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Jed Applerouth

Tame the Monster of Test Anxiety to Help Students with ADHD

By Jed Applerouth

As parents of students with ADHD, many of you understand personally the relationship between ADHD and academic test anxiety.  Test…

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Taming Your Inner Control Freak!

By Diane Dempster

When life gets crazy in ADHD families, the natural tendency for some of us is to jump in and “take…

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GEMO (Good Enough, Move On!)

By Diane Dempster

The Problem With Perfection What a funny word, GEMO (/GEE-Moh/). Sounds like a cartoon character. Actually it’s an acronym I’ve…

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Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Despite our firm belief in the values of asking for help and delegating responsibilities, this Self Care Tip is going…

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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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(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%.