10/14/2014 01:45 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Understand Your Child's Anxiety (Infographic)

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If you've never suffered from anxiety, it can be challenging to understand what a child is truly experiencing. In fact, excessive worrying may seem like a normal part of growing up and something kids just have to "deal" with. This infographic breaks down the very real and often debilitating feeling of anxiety. Recognizing how and why the brain and body transform in moments of anxiety is a first step in helping alleviate the condition.

Walk your child through this graphic. Kids love to understand that worry is actually a form of protection built into our systems by intelligent human design. Sometimes worry goes a little haywire, but there are ways we can come back from the frenetic "flight-or-fight" mode into a calmer "rest-and-digest" state.


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