CHILDREN AND ANXIETY

 

CHILDREN AND ANXIETY

The prevalence of anxiety disorders among children seems to be on the rise. Children are being treated for obsessive-compulsive disorder, for post-traumatic stress syndrome, and generalized anxiety disorders. Some authors have suggested that the world is a far more frightening and stressful place for children now than in previous generations. Recent historical events, such as the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the war in Iraq, and similar events that receive heavy media coverage, may present children with things to think about that previous generations did not experience. In addition, children are exposed to many more graphic images of violence and victimization in their media. These factors, plus the fact that their parents, teachers, and caregivers are also experiencing stressors, might contribute to children’s anxiety.

What did you fear as a child? What things might children fear? Consider the definition of anxiety: a pervasive sense of foreboding, not necessarily connected to a specific event or concern. How are children’s fears related to children’s anxiety? What can parents, coaches, teachers, and others who interact with children do to help children develop coping strategies?   2.5 pages double spaced… any references used should be on only coping mechanism’s and strategies that caregivers and therpaists use for coping.. LIKE ART THERAPHY

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