Wired for Worry
The teenager who refuses to attend school. The new mom, frantic, because she thinks she might hurt her child. The parents, trying to figure out what's wrong.
We are all wired for anxiety, some more than others.
But sometimes, the thrum of anxiety can overtake your life in unexpected and troubling ways.
Our series, Wired for Worry, will tell stories about parents and children who wrestle with anxiety and how they look for ways through it.
MONDAY 7.22 // When anxiety strikes in childhood, experts say get help early. By Deborah Wang
TUESDAY 7.23 // What happens when kids refuse to go to school? By Ann Dornfeld
THURSDAY 7.25 // The shame we carry: postpartum anxiety on the rise. By Isolde Raftery
FRIDAY 7.26 // Turning the focus on parents, and what they can do. By Deborah Wang.
What can parents do to try to prevent anxiety disorders from arising in their children? We get answers from two experts.
When kids struggle with serious anxiety, even well-meaning parents often say or do exactly the wrong things. "Nobody gives you the playbook for the ‘do’s and don'ts’ of this anxious child business," said one expert.
Yvonne described it as a horror movie playing on a loop in her mind.
Most kids have days when they just don’t feel like going to school. But what happens when kids straight-up refuse to go? Psychologists say that’s a problem that seems to be on the rise.
Anxiety disorders can hit at any time in a person’s life. Doctors urge early treatment, especially for young kids.