I think one of the best parts of this whole book adventure has been connecting with amazing people that are so gracious and are willing to spread the word about “Just Like You“. I thank Wanda Lynne Young so much for this article. I hope that you enjoy it to.
Just Like You by Darlene Wierski-Devoe
HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH ANXIETY AND MOOD DISORDERS
By Wanda Lynne Young
The easy, breezy days of summer have come and gone and back-to-school mode is now on. Does your child still have back to school jitters or new school nerves? For some children these feelings never subside. For these children life is not such a happy-go-lucky experience and school becomes a constant source of anxiety. They are less carefree and more worrywart when it comes to dealing with social situations in everyday life. The book “Just Like You” helps an anxious child to face their fears and put the power back in their control.
I grew up functioning as an anxious child complete with migraines starting at age seven. I worried about everything and everybody. I recall adults telling me I shouldn’t be such a “nervous Nelly” or children saying “don’t be so shy.” As a teen I developed some skills to deal with stressful situations. I did this by hiding out behind a few social masks that included a goth phase and the whole sk8er girl scene. Eventually I learned to relax about what others thought of me. I started to cope better in social settings and I adopting a different perspective on life. As an adult there’s still a couple of things that can make me anxious but basically I live symptom free. Here’s the kicker though, I did manage to somehow to pass this trait down to my two sons. They both cope with their anxiety in their own unique ways. It all comes down to adopting good coping strategies and not letting the fear control you.
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