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Help My Child is Anxious!- Interview with Dr. Eli Lebowitz

If your child is anxious, you need to listen to this.

Paul is joined by Dr. Eli Lebowitz to discuss anxiety in children and how parents can support their anxious children. Dr. Lebowitz, a psychologist and professor at the Yale Child Study Center, shares his expertise on child anxiety and the impact of family dynamics on anxiety disorders.

He discusses the fact that parents should not blame themselves for their child's anxiety and highlights the importance of a supportive stance towards anxiety. Dr. Lebowitz also addresses common accommodations parents make for anxious children and offers strategies for reducing accommodation.

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  • Parents should not blame themselves for their child's anxiety. There is no evidence to suggest that parents are the cause of anxiety disorders in children.
  • It is important for parents to adopt a supportive stance towards their child's anxiety. This involves acknowledging their anxiety and expressing confidence in their ability to cope with it.
  • Accommodation of anxiety, such as reassurance-seeking or avoidance behaviours, should be reduced. Accommodation can inadvertently reinforce the belief that the child cannot handle anxiety, leading to more anxiety in the long run.
  • It is important to seek professional evaluation to determine if physical symptoms, such as nausea, are anxiety-related or have another underlying cause.


"Our field, like mental health, we brought this on ourselves, this whole guilt issue. We really did."

"Teaching your child that it's okay to be anxious some of the time and that they can handle that, that's the biggest gift you can give an anxious child."

"The most important lesson for a child who has anxiety to learn is actually, I can be anxious, and it'll pass, and it's okay, and it's not the end of the world."

"The truth of the matter is that who you are as a parent is really unlikely to have a big impact on whether or not your child has an anxiety disorder."


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Paul Sheppard

Paul Sheppard is a life-transforming anxiety and mindset coach, hypnotherapist, and host of the top ten Mindset Change podcast. He is on a mission with his holistic approach to help everybody set themselves free from limiting mindsets and feel less anxious and more empowered.

Paul coaches people 121 or in groups online around the world, and you can reach him here.

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