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Modifying Parental Behavior Likely To Help Anxious Kids

While adults understand the reasons for stress and anxiety and can find solutions for themselves in meditation and other holistic techniques, children have a tough time. They are unable to recognize anxiety symptoms and are left feeling scared and depressed. As per a recent study by American Academy of Pediatrics disorders related to anxiety are most common mental health issues affecting around 8% children below age group of 18. Common symptoms exhibited by these children include sleeplessness, fear of separation from loved ones and social situations, refusal to attend school and physical issues.

According to Dr. Arthur Lavin, anxiety is a complicated problem and it tends to affect some people more than others irrespective of the challenges they face in life. As per report of Trusted Source, recent data of CDC shows that number of anxiety cases among children between age groups of 6 to 17 years have increased by 5.4 percent in 2003 to nearly 8.4 percent in 2012. Dr. Lavin said that this increase is not due to actual rise in numbers but more due to increased awareness and ability to diagnose the problem. Yale University’s experimental program is trying to find a solution to anxiety issues among children by using parents to help them instead of traditional psychiatrists or healers in a hospital setting.

Eli Lebowitz, PhD scholar from Yale Medicine School who is developing this problem stated that he became aware of the positive and negative effects on parents from their children’s anxiety issues due to his work at a children’s clinic with behavioral issues. So he decided to create an organic treatment program with complete involvement of parents as children with acute behavioral issues are unable to manage therapies on their own. His team created SPACE which stands for Supportive Parents for Anxious Childhood Emotions and seeks to involve parents in helping their children improve their behavior by making changes in their behavior like therapists.