Everyone worries. We are all anxious sometimes. Children and young adults are no different. They must develop an identify separate from parents and go out into the world of friends, classmates, clubs and teams. Worry and anxiety are concerning when they intrude into time that kids should spend being a kid.
The problem with anxiety is that you cannot reason a person out of their worries. There will always be something to worry about.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, PhD is a picture book for parents to preview and then share with your child. Other books include Helping your Anxious Child by Ron Rapee and You and Your Anxious Child by Anne Albano, PhD. For teens there’s My Anxious Mind by Michael Thompkins & Katherine Martinez and Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic Workbook by David H. Barlow and Michelle G. Craske.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help families and children with intrusive worries and anxieties. The San Francisco Bay Are Center for Cognitive Therapy at (510)652-4455 is one local resource.