My daughter has struggled with anxiety since a very early age. When I first set out to find help, I had no idea of where to start. I didn’t know any other families with anxious children, and no one seemed to be struggling as we were – and if they were, no one talked about it. Fast-forward to a few years later and my network of “parents of anxious children” has grown. As soon as I started talking about anxiety, I found that other parents with similar issues came out of the woodwork. The more I talked about it, the more I was connected through friends – and friends of friends – to parents of children with anxiety.
When I meet a parent of an anxious child, there are three common things I usually hear. ONE – it took a while to pinpoint anxiety as the culprit. TWO – they kick themselves for not doing something sooner, and THREE – they didn’t know where to start. In my case, all three applied.
In our first blog of a three-part blog series, we will cover common symptoms of children who may be struggling with anxiety and tips for parents who may be new to managing their anxious child. Read the blog.