April 15, 2022

Best Of: Dr. Lisa Damour on Helping Kids Manage Anxiety

Anxious kids don’t always behave like anxious adults. What works to help anxious kids also differs. In this “Best Of” episode Dr. Lisa Damour, host of “Ask Dr. Lisa” and author of UNDER PRESSURE, gives strategies to help kids “settle their glitter.”


Anxiety is a natural response to stress. Sometimes it’s even useful, like when it alerts us to danger. But when anxiety grips our children, they often don’t (can’t) explain how they’re feeling, and their inner turmoil can take over.

In this episode we discuss:

  • coping strategies for all ages and stages
  • how anxiety in children can be easy to miss
  • the negative behaviors anxious kids might exhibit 
  • why letting our kids avoid anxiety-causing situations is counterproductive
  • how anxiety "lives in the future”


We also interview Dr. Lisa Damour about her book Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. Dr. Damour’s book is full of empathetic insight and useful takeaways for helping our anxious daughters (and sons).

Here’s links to other research and writing discussed in this episode:

Lindsay Holmes for Huffington Post Life: 10 Things People Get Wrong About Anxiety 

Liz Matheis for anxiety.org: Identifying Signs of Anxiety in Children

CDC: Data and Statistics on Children's Mental Health

Metropolitan CBT: About Anxiety 


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