Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Turning it Around

When a child returns home or to school following a brain injury they can often struggle with anxiety.

They may feel anxious about how well they will cope with the everyday tasks they found easy before their brain injury.

They might be anxious about keeping up with schoolwork, or getting back into the flow of school-life. Their injury may also make it hard for them to feel they ‘fit in’, which might lead to anxieties.

You can find out a bit more about how brain injury can affect a child’s emotions on our page looking at the cognitive and emotional impact of brain injury here.
Karen Young, a psychologist and mum has provided some really useful tips on helping support children and teenagers who have anxiety. You can find a link to the strategies below. “Anxiety is a normal response to something dangerous or stressful,” she says.  “It becomes a problem when it shows up at unexpected times and takes a particularly firm hold. When anxiety is in full swing, it feels awful.   My daughter described it as, ‘that feeling you get when you’re almost asleep and you feel like you’re falling.’ “We know that anxiety has nothing to do with strength, courage or character.   The good news is that anxiety in kids is very treatable and they are particularly responsive.  They’re so open to possibility, and very quick to make the right connections when they’re given the right information and support.” Read Karen’s useful tools to help your child cope with their anxiety and give them the strategies they need to move forward in life.  You can also get some great tips from Becky’s blog where she talks about the joys of being a mother but also of the struggles and worries she faces because of her injury including anxiety. 
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