Tips for dealing with anxiety

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Tips for dealing with anxiety

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Anxiety is increasingly common among teens and tweens. I think part of it is that it is actually increasing, and part of it is, we are able to identify it and label it. The best thing to do when you have a child that is anxious, identify it and label it. Help your child identify, this is a feeling that you are having, now let's do something about it. Some kids get very anxious before a test. Other kids get anxious before a match or a game. These are things that they either want to do or have to do. The get these feelings of being nervous. Some of them will have abdominal pain. Some of them will have headaches. They will have very real symptoms. See if you can help your child figure out what is causing the anxiety, why, and what are some of the things you can do to troubleshoot it. Particularly when it's academic anxiety, how can you not procrastinate homework? How can you learn test-taking strategies, so you will be a little bit more calm? Because the anxiety provoking event is going to be ongoing when it comes to school.

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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