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You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life (Lynn Sonberg Book) Kindle Edition

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“This book addresses a huge and frightening abstraction--childhood anxiety--by breaking it down into understandable and unthreatening constituent parts… a tremendously helpful, reassuring volume.”
–Andrew Solomon, bestselling author of Far From The Tree
“A book for all those parents who feel lost in freeing their children from a thief that can rob them of the joys of childhood… points the way to a family free from fear.”
–Dr. Peggy Drexler, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, Author of Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, And The Changing American Family
“No one is more qualified to educate parents about the nature and treatment of childhood anxiety and its disorders than Dr. Albano…  This is the best source on this topic currently available for parents.”
–Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina, Author of Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
“…A manual that should be available to every parent with a ‘shy’ child. This program will be life changing for many families.”
–David H. Barlow Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Boston University, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
“Anne Marie Albano, a master clinician and astute researcher in the diagnosis and treatment of phobic and anxiety disorders in children and their families, demonstrates her rich clinical acumen, conceptual sophistication, and research breadth all at the same time in this parent-friendly and easy-to-read book. She shows us the best of what evidence-based practice has to offer, and she does it well. She offers us real practical strategies that really work with fearful and anxious children … a must read for all parents and clinicians who work with children and families who have these problems.“
–Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Director of Child Study Center in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech
“Dr. Albano's You and Your Anxious Child delivers current, accurate, and useful information, along with readable case illustrations.  Parents will find a wealth of sound advice coupled with caring suggestions -- no nonsense here!  Hats off to Albano for providing this well-informed, well-written, and easy-to-read treatise.”
–Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University

About the Author

Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • File Size: 1598 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XO88AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vanessa seijo on July 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
You and Your Anxious Child by Dr. Anne Marie Albano is a book that manages to achieve what it sets out to do: allow parents to learn the skills and strategies needed to help their anxious child and live more fulfilling lives.
Many people shy away from books written by members of the academia because they have the (sometimes fair enough) expectation that the language of the work would be far too technical for the layperson. However, You and Your Anxious Child does not fall into this category. With her engaging, conversational, down-to-earth approach, Dr. Albano offers parents a step-by-step manual on how to cope with their children's anxiety. It reads as if Dr. Albano herself were there with you.
You and Your Anxious Child uses a scaffolding approach: Dr. Albano helps you understand what is genuine anxiety and how it differs from expected behavior according to age, shows you how to recognize the symptoms and when they are cause for concern through examples and guided questions, and teaches you the skills and strategies that have been proven most effective in the treatment of the most common anxiety disorders in children.
Grounded on solid research, Dr. Albano offers a step-by-step Cognitive Behavioral Therapy action plan to treat these anxiety disorders, empowering not only the parent, but the patient, with knowledge, making the condition less daunting and more manageable, allowing both parent and patient partnership in the process. The book allows parents to recognize when outside expert help is needed, and when (and most importantly if) medication therapy in conjunction with CBT would be the right approach for some patients.
From dealing with separation anxiety to social phobia in children, You and Your Anxious Child, is a valuable tool not only for parents but also for educators.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MM on June 25, 2013
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Very helpful in how to deal with my 10 year olds anxiety and my own. Highly Recommend it. Helpful and informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Fristad, Ph.D. on July 1, 2013
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This book combines state-of-the-art evidence-based treatment with a down-to-earth, realistic view of family life. Dr. Albano is the expert who knows her stuff and shares it in an easy-to-understand, non-blaming way. Her warm and humorous approach to working with kids is the spoonful of sugar that makes the anxiety treatment medicine go down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Reeves Jr. MD on August 25, 2014
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Parents of anxious children must read this book. It is the best layman’s book for treating childhood anxiety that I have read.
Dr. Albano is one of the country’s leading researchers on childhood anxiety, and an astute practitioner as well. She has written an accessible and helpful guide for parents to address their child’s anxiety. The brilliance of the book is that it takes the techniques of seasoned professionals who know the research on what works, and effectively introduces these techniques to parents. I am a psychiatrist, and even I was impressed with Dr. Albano’s jargon-free explanations of major types of childhood anxiety (separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, and social phobia), and how parents can employ cognitive-behavioral techniques with their children to overcome this anxiety. In reading the book, I was reminded of the clever techniques an expert like Dr. Albano can employ to teach children to manage and diminish their anxiety. The techniques are so useful that I will use them invigorate my own practice.
Dr. Albano’s emphasis on teaching parents to stop counterproductively protecting their anxious child is a frank and welcome bit of hard-won wisdom. She also wisely suggests trying therapy before medication – successful therapy can teach a child to manage and overcome the child’s own anxiety, where medication (which is what I often prescribe) does not offer this (relatively) permanent solution. On the other hand, she does not discount medication in certain situations. She also offers parents reasonable advice in how to select a therapist. This is a book I will unhesitatingly recommend to parents of anxious children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rwag7 on July 26, 2014
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My son and I would have greatly benefitted from this book years ago when he showed anxiety in certain situations but am glad to have it in my personal library now for use with my grandchildren and for myself. This easy to read book would benefit anyone of any age who has had anxiety issues, and who hasn't, at some stage of their life? The author mentions a few of her own personal, anxious anecdotes from her childhood that made her seem real and down to earth. The techniques in the book are easy to understand and implement immediately into practice. I feel this book should, at the very least be in the office of every schools' guidance counselor and at best, in every teachers' classroom to use with their students, when needed and to share with their parents. I've suggested this book to others and will continue to do so.
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By RomieCop on October 11, 2013
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This book provided hopeful, practical, and tangible advice for parents of children with various types of anxiety. It is informative and educational for those completely unfamiliar with anxiety in children. I came to the book feeling fearful and distraught about my daugter's symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder). I came away from the book tremendously encouraged and armed with tools to help her. Literally within a DAY of putting some of these tools into practice, my husband and I saw a dramatic change in her. This book provides hope that when caught early, you can help your child through anxiety using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at home, and often counselors and medications are never needed. However, she also provides hope for parents of children with more severe anxiety, where counseling and/or medications are needed. Whichever place your child is in, get this book and be encouraged by it.
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