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.
About Lisa M. Asta, MD
Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta.
For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com