How to Help Kids With Anxiety

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Anxiety in kids can be quite similar to severe anxiety in full-fledged adults. Find out how to help kids with anxiety with help from an expert counselor in this free video clip.

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My name is Gordon McInnis. I work here at Carolina Beach Counseling in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, and today we're going to talk about how to help kids deal with anxiety. I think a lot of them are some of the same kind of causes that you see in adults. You could have heredity or genetic factors. Generally, when you're looking at kids and adults, there's probably somebody else in the family who has also had this too. There is also some biological factors. There could be different brain changes, blood flow changes to different parts of the brain, that kind of thing can affect anxiety. Parenting can sometimes have an impact on children, overly anxious parents or overly controlling parents can sometimes cause a child to be overly anxious, and so they kind of act out in that manner. Some people are more high strung than others. Some people are just, you know, a little bit more jittery than other folks out there. That's not necessarily a disorder, but you've kind of got to monitor that, and I think if you teach early, good mental hygiene, again, trying to have a more relaxed, relaxed way of interacting with your child, I think that's going to help. Younger kids you are probably going to do more behavioral interventions in changing their environment, helping the parents to deal with their anxieties a little differently, doing behavior modification plans with the child, that kind of thing. Some children are put on medications to help with their anxieties, but a lot of them are behavioral interventions, that kind of thing. That was just some advice on some various topics related to anxiety. As always, you should go seek professional help or go see your doctor if these things are continuing to bother you.

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