Preventing Anxiety in Your Child

As reported by?NPR, a recent study published in?The American Journal of Psychiatry?examined how parents who have anxiety disorder can reduce the likelihood of?their children also having?anxiety. Family-based therapy, along with psychoeducation about warning signs of anxiety and coping strategies, were found to be more effective than just providing handouts to children in the study. The researchers suggest that a preventative strategy can limit the transgenerational effect of anxiety disorder.

Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there’s welcome news for those anxious parents: that trajectory toward anxiety isn’t set in stone.

Therapy and a change in parenting styles might be able to prevent kids from developing anxiety disorders, according to research published in?The American Journal of Psychiatry.

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