Help for Worried Kids

How Your Child Can Conquer Anxiety and Fear

Cynthia G. Last

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November 11, 2005
ISBN 9781572308589
Price: $16.95 $14.41
275 Pages
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Price: $16.95 $14.41
275 Pages
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275 Pages

If your son begs to stay home from school to avoid speaking in front of the class, should you be worried? If your daughter insists on crossing the street whenever she sees a dog, what should you do? A simple evaluation devised by renowned psychologist Dr. Cynthia G. Last can help you determine if you have reason to be concerned. If so, you can use Dr. Last’s checklists and examples to figure out the type and severity of your child’s anxiety, identify contributing factors, and tackle the problem head on. Strategies tailored for different kinds of anxiety will guide you in preventing new episodes, calming your child when a problem arises, and keeping anxieties in check as your son or daughter matures. Dr. Last delivers powerful advice and insightful information gleaned from 25 years of experience working with worried kids and their families, including coping and relaxation skills your child can use to reduce stress and worry, and tips for encouraging kids to approach—not avoid—their fears. Whether your son or daughter can’t go on sleepovers, gets nervous around peers, or just plain worries about “everything,” this reassuring and compassionate book will teach you how to soothe your child’s immediate fears and instill lasting confidence.

“This is a great resource book for parents, of this age group, and practitioners to use when working together. It is written in a friendly, clear, concise, factual manner. The checklists provide clearly categorized symptoms and strategies laid out in a way that promotes understanding and respect for the anxious child within the context of child development....I highly recommend this book as a gift for parents of an anxious child or as a working tool for educators, consultants, and mental health practitioners.”

Child and Family Journal


Library Journal

“Offers parents 'hands-on' information....There is valuable material on the connection between anxiety and physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomach problems....Concerned parents will find plenty of useful advice here for quelling their children's fears.”

Publishers Weekly

“If your child's worrying is interfering with his or her life, then you should read this book. It is an authoritative guide to current knowledge on childhood anxiety disorders, written in a clear, engaging style. To develop more courage, your child needs to learn how to cope with anxiety. This book shows what you can do to help.”

—Professor Alan Carr, PhD, Director of Clinical Psychology Training, University College Dublin, Ireland

Help for Worried Kids can help you determine if your child’s anxiety goes beyond the realm of 'normal,' and offers specific, clearly explained steps that you, as a parent, can take to help your child.”

—Elizabeth Skagen, parent of an 8-year-old with anxiety disorders

“From a renowned, experienced clinical researcher and therapist, this extremely useful book will be helpful not only to parents of anxious kids, but also to teachers and health professionals. Dr. Last provides very detailed, carefully worked-out guidelines on how to understand and deal with different types of childhood anxiety problems. Filled with practical suggestions, this is an outstanding resource that is both informative and highly readable.”

—Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Dr. Last has made a much-needed contribution to the growing field of childhood anxiety disorders. Based on her years of extensive research and clinical work, she shares her in-depth understanding of this population in an easy-to-read, conversational style. Dr. Last does an extraordinary job of illustrating the various presentations of anxiety in children, explaining the treatment process, and offering parenting advice specifically tailored for each anxiety disorder. This instructive book will be a valuable asset to parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others who wish to gain a better understanding of anxiety in children.”

—Ana Kelton-Brand, PhD, private practice, Boca Raton, Florida

“Is your child anxious? Is the problem severe enough to need treatment, or just a passing phase? Dr. Cynthia Last, a master child therapist and a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood anxiety, helps you answer these questions in this valuable book. Dr. Last also provides state-of-the-art strategies for helping your child conquer his or her anxiety and fear before it takes a larger toll. Every parent will want to be aware of this information.”

—David H. Barlow, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and Department of Psychology, Boston University

Table of Contents

I. Understanding Your Anxious Child

1. Do You Have an Anxious Child?

2. The Many Faces of Childhood Anxiety

3. Nature or Nurture?: The Causes of Childhood Anxiety Disorders

II. The Anxiety Disorders of Childhood

4. "Will You Still Be There Tomorrow?": Separation Anxiety Disorder

5. "But Mom, What If...?!": Generalized Anxiety Disorder

6. Over and Over Again: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

7. Self-Conscious to a Fault: Social Anxiety Disorder


8. "Mommy, Daddy, I'm Afraid!": Specific Phobias

Resources: If Your Child Needs Professional Help

Selected Scientific Articles by the Author

About the Author

Cynthia G. Last, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders. She is internationally recognized for her academic work on childhood fears and anxiety. Dr. Last has directed child and adolescent anxiety disorder programs at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the author or editor of 12 books, including Anxiety Disorders in Children, and has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today, and Parenting. She has appeared as an expert on national television programs.


Parents of 2- to 12-year-olds struggling with anxiety; teachers, counselors, and other professionals who work with children and families.