Action steps for parents and caregivers of a youth with anxiety

  • Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Let your child know that you believe them and validate their concerns

  • Listen to your child and try not to rush to action to “fix” it for them

  • Discuss your concerns with your child’s medical provider. Sometimes counseling services and/or the support of medication are needed to confront the anxiety.

  • Keep in mind that some amount of anxiety can be beneficial for youth (taking exams or handling tough social situations)

  • Remember, anxiety is treatable