Anxiety in

Anxiety in children

My 5 year old son has anxious moments
and we realized when he started playing Mightier that he had no idea how to take a deep breath. Using Mightier, we practiced this, and it really helped!

— Mother of 5 & 9 year old boys

What does child anxiety look like?

Many children and teens who struggle with anxiety appear nervous, ask worried questions, or develop nervous habits like twisting their hair or biting their nails. Sometimes the physical “fight or flight response” that accompanies moments of intense anxiety – shallow breathing, racing heart, sweating – make a person’s anxiety visible to others. But sometimes anxiety in children and teens is harder to spot. In many children, anxiety looks like other things–sleep disturbance, food aversions or picky eating, tummy troubles, interpersonal conflict, difficulties focusing, sadness or withdrawal. Some children who experience anxiety have trouble identifying and describing anxiety as a source of their distress.


Mightier & Anxiety


5 Quick and Easy Relaxation Techniques for Kids

When children are overwhelmed or anxious, it can be stressful for the whole family. Finding relaxation strategies that work for kids can help them handle anxious moments and lay the groundwork for healthy stress management over a lifetime. Here are five quick and easy...

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Coping Skills for Kids with Anxiety

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, it is a normal human experience. However, excessive worry or fear can be pervasive, and at its worst, debilitating. Anxiety can be particularly difficult for children who may not have the language skills to express how they...

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Treatment Options for Child Anxiety

When a child struggles with anxiety, it can be difficult to know how serious it is and whether treatment is necessary. Many children – and adults – are reluctant to discuss their anxieties with other people. Many people with anxiety find ways to avoid their anxiety...

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Are There Different Forms of Child Anxiety?

Yes, childhood anxiety comes in many forms. Common types of anxiety include:   Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) Kids with GAD feel nervous or stressed daily, sometimes unable to name the sources of their anxiety. Children with GAD may worry frequently about...

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Isaac’s Story

Isaac is an 8-year-old boy who lives in the Pacific Northwest of the US with his mom, dad, twin sister, and older brother. Isaac’s mother, Carrie, describes him as hardworking and determined, and he is a skilled builder with Legos and magnatiles. Isaac’s journey with...

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