Parenting the Anxious Child

Useful information & available resources

Did you know?

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorder in children and adults. It is estimated that roughly 13% of children and youth suffer from anxiety disorders with more girls than boys receiving this diagnosis.

Understanding what your child is going through and being equipped to help him or her is an important part of helping children work through their anxiety. Rather than ask yourself whether or not a worry is “normal,” it may be more helpful to consider whether your child is suffering excessively from his worries.

(CHEO - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario)

More Useful Resources

Freeing your Child from Anxiety. By Tamar Chansky. Broadway Books, 2004.

Keys to Parenting your Anxious Child. By Katharina Manassis. Barron’s, 2008.

Taming Worry Dragons. By E. Jane Garland and Sandra L. Clark (2002). Ideal for children 4-17 years.

Worry Taming for Teens. By E. Jane Garland and Sandra L. Clark (2002). Ideal for children 12-17 years.

Hole in One: A tale from the Iris the Dragon series. By Gayle Grass. 2008. A children’s book dealing with anxiety disorder.