PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

PSP 353: Social Anxiety and Bullying

There is a strong relationship between social anxiety and bullying. Research has shown that a clinically significant amount of people with social anxiety have experienced bullying. Often children have a genetic predisposition to anxiety, but environmental stressors, like bullying, blossom that genetic seed.

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This Makes Social Anxiety Worse

This Makes Social Anxiety Worse

Social anxiety feeds off one main thing. Avoidance. When we fear criticism, judgment and rejection from others, it can feel like too much to put ourselves out there. It might feel easier to cocoon yourself in your own home and not risk rejection.

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PSP 343: Are We Making Our Child’s Social Anxiety Worse?

PSP 343: Are We Making Our Child’s Social Anxiety Worse?

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I outline common mistakes we make that unintentionally make our child or teen’s social anxiety worse. I’ll also outline positive approaches and steps to take to empower your child and reduce their social anxiety.

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What is Your Teen’s Social Anxiety and What is Their True Self?

What is Your Teen’s Social Anxiety and What is Their True Self?

In this week’s YouTube video I talk to teens and adults about how to explore their true self separate from social anxiety and how to develop realistic goals that honor their true self.

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Does Your Child Worry About What Other People Think?

Does Your Child Worry About What Other People Think?

We all worry about what other people think, that is a human condition. But when you have social anxiety those thoughts consume you, devour you. With social anxiety we are on the hamster wheel of acceptance. We look for it, we analyze it, we tell ourselves we don’t have it – and the cycle repeats. But what if our kids could get off that hamster wheel of caring what other people think, or at least to the level that they do? What if they flipped it around and asked themselves, What do I think? How do I view myself? This is where the real work begins when trying to get rid of social anxiety. It begins with ourselves. In this week’s YouTube video I talk to kids and teens about how to shift their concern about what other people think to reduce their social anxiety.

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This Grows Social Anxiety (Is your child doing this?)

This Grows Social Anxiety (Is your child doing this?)

The fuel that grows our child’s social anxiety comes from the assumptions they make. Sometimes it isn’t the social interaction itself that is the struggle, it’s what they tell themselves afterwards that can be immobilizing. In this week’s YouTube video for kids and teens I discuss a common behavior that grows social anxiety and how they can avoid doing it.

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Does Your Child Care Too Much About What Other People Think?

Does Your Child Care Too Much About What Other People Think?

We all care about what other people think on some level. But does your child stress over what people think? Do they worry people don’t like them? Does it consume them and make them socially anxious? Caring too much about what people think can impact their self-esteem and create mental health struggles like social anxiety. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to kids and teens about how to overcome caring too much about what other people thin.

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How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety Social anxiety isn’t about being an introvert. It isn’t about being shy. Yes, those attributes can coexist with social anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be present. Social anxiety is about the fear of rejection. It is about the concern that others will judge or criticize you. When we have social anxiety we let others define us. […]

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PSP 199: How to Help a Child with Social Anxiety

PSP 199: How to Help a Child with Social Anxiety

How to Help a Child with Social Anxiety Social anxiety isn’t about not being able to make friends or keep friends. It is about the overwhelming feeling of judgment, criticism and rejection one feels.  In this week’s podcast I chat with my 9 year old about her struggles with social anxiety (it runs in the family), and what has helped her make huge progress crushing […]

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What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think.

What are the Signs of Social Anxiety? It’s Often Not What People Think. Parents often miss the mark with social anxiety. They think it means a timid child, a shy child clinging to their pant legs or a child who lacks social skills. Although a child with social anxiety can have those attributes, that’s not what makes someone have social anxiety. In fact, you can […]

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The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think

The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think

The Solution to Social Anxiety in Kids is Not what People Think I have spent 47 years with Social Anxiety Disorder. It is an ugly, devastating disorder that tears you down from the inside out. It can demolish any shred of self-esteem you have. It can paralyze and isolate you. But the solution to social anxiety is not what most people think. In fact, I […]

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Helping Kids Who are Scared of Video Calls

Helping Kids Who are Scared of Video Calls

Helping Kids Who are Scared of Video Calls Our “new normal” is bringing with it some new fears. Most of our kids have been thrown into the world of video calls. Daily video sessions for school. Casual video calls with friends. Video family gatherings. Honestly, the list of video calls do not end. For many people this is a great consolation for not being able […]

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How to Help Anxious Kids Not Take Everything Personally

How to Help Anxious Kids Not Take Everything Personally

Many anxious kids jump to extreme conclusions. They often take everything personally. A redirection is a yell. A suggestions is a criticism. A friend being busy, is a declaration that their friendship is over.

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How to Help Kids Who Feel Isolated and Alone Right Now

How to Help Kids Who Feel Isolated and Alone Right Now

Many of our kids have a hard time being social with other kids. Some have social anxiety that makes them fear rejection and criticism. Others often feel too overwhelmed and depleted to be social. Unfortunately with the global shutdown, many kids are finding themselves even more isolated from their peers. School closures are limiting social connections and for those with social issues – the isolation is even more severe.

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Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them

Helping Anxious Kids Who Feel Like Everybody is Staring at Them When you have anxiety, especially social anxiety, you can think the world is a stage. The minute you leave your house, you can feel like all eyes are on you. This can be an unsettling feeling to say the least. Now add hormones and normal childhood insecurities, and those feelings can feel like a […]

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