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Helping your anxious teen : positive parenting strategies to help your teen beat anxiety, stress, and worry / Sheila Achar Josephs.
Publication Information:
Oakland, California : New Harbinger Publications : distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books, 2016.

Physical Description:
227 pages ; 23 cm


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Parenting a teen is tough work, but parenting a teen with anxiety is especially challenging. Written by a psychologist and expert on adolescent anxiety, this essential book will show you how your own behavior can either help or exacerbate your teen s anxiety, and outlines specific skills you can use to support your teen.The teen years are a time of remarkable change, and teens who struggle with stress and anxiety can have an especially difficult time. Furthermore, as a parent, you may be so worried and frustrated yourself that your efforts to help your teen cope with anxiety may end up backfiring and make the situation even worse. Wouldn t it help if there was a guide on what to do, and what not to do, to help your anxious teen?This powerful book, based on cutting-edge research and cognitive behavioral strategies, will help you develop the know-how to effectively manage teen anxiety. You ll learn the best ways to support your teen in overcoming problematic thinking and fears, discover how your reactions can unwittingly fuel your teen s worries, and explore how life changes influence your teen s anxiety, as well as how to manage anxiety-related physical and psychological distress.Understanding your teen s anxiety, how it impacts you and the rest of the family, and how your own responses can influence it are key to learning how to help your teen manage anxious thoughts and feelings and succeed in life. With Helping Your Anxious Teen, you ll have a wealth of research-backed strategies to lead you in being an effective anxiety coach for your teen.

Author Notes

Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD , is a clinical psychologist and anxiety expert with over twenty years of experience helping kids, teens, families, and adults. She is founder of Princeton Cognitive Therapy, a practice specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety. She has helped numerous kids, teens, parents, clinicians, and school professionals learn cutting-edge strategies to overcome anxiety. She also enjoys presenting workshops on teen stress and resilience for parents. To find out more, visit

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Parents, asserts psychologist Josephs, PhD, are crucial to helping their young teens overcome the vicious cycle of worry and fear. Demonstrating how persistent anxiety is a learned response, the author begins by explaining how an anxiety cycle operates (how thoughts and behaviors trigger ramped-up new thoughts and behaviors) and presents common approaches parents take that don't work, such as jumping in with advice and contributing excessive reassurance. Instead, she encourages Socratic questions that help identify and challenge doubt. From teens who are constantly agitated to those caught in avoidance cycles and others struggling with perfectionism, Josephs looks at these experiences and offers thoughtful tools for helping young people help themselves. VERDICT Recommended for public library collections. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Teens and Anxiety: A Perfect Storm Understanding Anxiety and the Unique Nature of Adolescent Fearsp. 9
2 The Nuts and Bolts of Parenting an Anxious Teen What Works and What Backfires When Managing Teen Anxietyp. 23
3 My Constant Worrier Overcoming Fearful Thinking and Repetitive Worriesp. 41
4 My Anxiously Avoiding Teen Eliminating Avoidance and Learning How to Face Fearsp. 61
5 My Socially Fearful Teen Reducing Social Fears and Facing Social Challengesp. 83
6 My Perfectionistic Teen Confronting Perfectionism and Procrastinationp. 105
7 My Irritable, Stressed-Out Teen Managing Irritability, Stress, and Anxious Meltdownsp. 127
8 Quieting the Body's Alarm System Reducing Panic, Decreasing Physical Symptoms, and Calming the Mindp. 149
9 Anxiety Flashpoints Through the Teen Years Modifying Triggers of Adolescent Anxiety and Understanding Anxiety Disordersp. 167
10 A Roadmap for Parents Coping with an Anxious Teen, Challenging Your Worries, and Leading the Wayp. 189
Acknowledgmentsp. 207
Appendix A Socratic Questions Parents' Easy Guide to Questioning Anxious Thoughtsp. 209
Appendix B Cognitive Errorsp. 211
Appendix C Anxiety Disorders Diagnosed in Children and Adolescentsp. 213
Appendix D Professional Associationsp. 217
Appendix E Useful Appsp. 219
Selected References and Recommended Readingsp. 221

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