In a Stanford BeWell Q&A, Hans Steiner, MD, psychiatry professor emeritus, discusses signs that a child might be experiencing anxiety and offers suggestions on what parents can do to help. He notes that seven to 10 percent of children have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, with another 10 to 15 percent showing isolated symptoms.
Steiner encourages parents to seek professional help when many symptoms of anxiety are present and interfering with a child’s functioning. But he also urges them not to overreact. From the piece:
Overprotecting makes [children] ill-prepared to face the world. Unless you are striving to raise a Victorian spinster, you need to get them out there and enable them to take care of themselves.
Ignoring anxiety leaves the child equally unprepared because there is no instruction and modeling coming from you as to how they need to deal with it.
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