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Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Children, Counseling, Family, News

Recognize Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is a type of stress. It affects all people from time to time. It begins with mild uneasiness and in its most extreme form, graduates to total panic. When people are anxious, it means they are worried that something might go wrong and they will begin to feel as if they are in some type of danger. Children can also suffer from anxiety- it can be about changing school, attending a test, giving a presentation in class, speaking to someone or anything else. Such experiences make a child focus on ‘what if’s’ situations such as ‘what if it doesn’t go well’, ‘what if I screw up’ and so on. If you don’t reassure the child during this time, it can eventually lead to more serious anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias (including social phobia) and panic attacks. If you keep a close eye on your child, you will know when your child is anxious and can help him or her cope with it. Here are...

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Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Stress, Therapists, Therapy

Helping Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

If a loved one or a friend is suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is not just difficult for him or her; it is also difficult for the rest of the family. How should you respond to someone who is under severe stress and feels excessively anxious? Be supportive, not judgemental One of the first rules is to never give out an impression that you are judging him or her. Show support without being judgemental. You could tell your friend that what she is going through is no big deal, and everyone goes through it, only to trigger more anger or strong reactions. Their worries may seem trivial to you, but never tell them that. Statements like “that must be very tough for you” or “do let me know how I can help”, can help. Such statements are not judgemental and show genuine support and care. Not to panic in the wake of panic! When a loved one is anxious and panicking, it is very easy for you to...

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