My daughter will be starting high school come September. And while I am so proud of her for her excellent grades and a million other reasons, I am also worried too.
My bout with social anxiety started in my teens, when I was just about her age now (14). And while I know she isn’t me, I see that she isn’t really outgoing. Sometimes the kids in the neighborhood do things and she isn’t invited. I know this bothers her, but what I need to get a hold of is how much this bothers ME.
I can’t lie. I know anxiety is somewhat hereditary and worrying about her possibly having to go through life like I did can really keep me up at night with worry 🙁
I can’t make everything in her life go smoothly. She had phobias and anxiety back in 2nd grade, and did have a few panic attacks upon entering middle school.
She will grow up and may or may not suffer with social anxiety and panic attacks. And I know this much: if she develops social anxiety in her teens (or any anxiety disorder for that matter), it is not my fault. There is nothing for me to feel ashamed or guilty about.
I also know I will always be her biggest supporter.
To that end, I purchased The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry for my daughter and I am reading it now. I like that it not only gives practical advice for teens to deal with anxiety and worry in facing problems, it also focuses on developing a positive self image, so very important for our young people today (and perfect for my shy teen)!
This book has great reviews on Amazon and with one in four teens having mild to severe social anxiety today, it is definilty something I want to have on hand should she need it.
I wish you peace,
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