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What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  448 ratings  ·  57 reviews
An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6?12 year olds and their parents through the techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to fo ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Magination Press
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I read this to my girls, ages 10, 8, and 6, who all struggle from anxiety to one degree or another. They seemed to find it helpful. I think at the very least, it made them realize that there are other kids out there who have similar problems. I liked that there were concrete techniques presented, and I am hoping they will be useful.
I know I'm not a kid, but there was a lot of stuff in this book that seemed really helpful. The author does a great job of explaining things--like the concepts of containment, externialization, and competing demands--in language that makes sense and that sticks in your mind. Containment, for example is the idea that milk in a carton is not a big obstacle in your life, but a gallon of milk without a carton or something to hold it is a mess. She also explains how worries are like tomato plants -- ...more
Huebner has created a guide for children to overcome their anxiety through the usage of cognitive-behavioral techniques and explaining anxiety in a way that children can relate to. I love the suggestions of daily activities children can do to help them with anxiety, like talk time, worry time, and using logic. While the book is a guide for children, parents could use this book as a guide for children who are not able to read or for children who need the extra support.
Maureen McCann
Need Help Talking to Your Kids About Worry?

Did your parents ever talk to you about your worries? How did that conversation start? Was it uncomfortable or did the conversation flow?

In her 2006 book What to Do When You WORRY Too Much, A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety author Dawn Huebner, Ph.D. begins to tell a story of a tomato plant that continues to grow and grow. It grows so much that tomatoes start to make their way into every family meal. What do you think about tomato ice cream and tomato
Since I recently learned that anxiety is one of the most common issues facing young kids, I figured someone I know might benefit from this review. If you have an anxious child, I can't recommend this book enough. In just one week of reading this with my son (we do a chapter or two a night and sometimes re-read), I've already noticed a difference. While he hasn't conquered his anxiety by a long shot, the tools this book has given him to put his anxieties into words have been invaluable. The book ...more
It helped me learn not to worry to much. It taught me to kick out the little man who gives me worrys.It also taught me to lock up the worrys, when it is not worry time. I'm still working on it though.
My son (9.5 years old) was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder today. On our way home from the evaluation we stopped by the bookstore and bought this book based on reviews on Amazon (the amazon price check app for iPhone is fantastic for this purpose). Tonight at bedtime we snuggled in bed and read the book from front to back. Sometimes he read, sometimes I read, sometimes he would shout out "that's just like me!" during parts. We talked a little about what we read, trie ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Jake's Review: This is a really great book to help kids like me get over their worries. The author put everything into words I could understand. She never made me feel weird about having all these worries. The ways in which she suggests that I can get rid of my worries make sense and I hope they will work (Mom's note: please, please, please let them work) I like the pictures, they are really funny and the way the author explains things makes sense. I liked the activity pages, they were fun and t ...more
Ryan Gray
This is a must read for children who suffer from anxiety issues. My little brother who is 10 years old has long had bad anxiety. I first came across this book when my mother bought it for my little brother Andrew at age 7. The story is fun and not to straight forward in addressing the Childs issues. This book will teach not only your child about dealing with anxiety but you tools in which you can use to help them as well. This book was written by a psychologist and is truly a very powerful book. ...more
This really, really helped me with my anxiety when I was 11, and I hardly ever worry at all now thanks to this book! Highly recommend this book to anybody who worries to much! :)
Deb Carter
This book teaches kids how to manage worries. I liked the approach of this book very much. It is more words and a few pictures, because of that the methods stand out.
So far so good! My daughter hasnt had any sleepless nights since we started this book. Lots of great ways for kids to relate!
Suzette Heath - Healthy Minds
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner.
Frieda Vizel
Can't recommend it enough. They should make it this accessible for adults too.
This has been a wonderful book for my seven year old daughter. I originally checked it out from the library, and planned on reading a chapter a day with her. She saw the book and wanted to read the entire thing immediately. It was like a weight was lifted off her shoulders and she said, "you mean there are other people that worry as much as I do?" The next day I bought her very own copy to have. She has benefited from the practical applications and several months later, will pull it out when she ...more
Great help when fighting anxiety in kids.
Autumn Seiler
Great to work through with kids
Faith Ridgeley
i didnt get to read it
There are a number of excellent reviews here and on Amazon to help readers determine if this book will help their son or daughter overcome anxiety. It is a quick read even for a 10-year-old, but it is meant to be used as a workbook, not just read straight through. Other than one section on visualizing worries as little monsters sitting on one's shoulders, which could make things much, much worse, this book had a lot of useful tips - I would just caution parents to read the book first and skip ov ...more
Yasamin Rezaei
"آیا می دانستید نگرانی ها هم مثل گوجه فرنگی ها هستند؟نه نمی توانید آنها را بخورید ولی می توانید آنها را پرورش دهید.خیلی ساده با توجه کردن به آنها باعث رشدشان می شوید.اگر نگرانی های تان آنقدر بزرگ شده اند که تقریبا هر روز ناراحتتان می کنند پس این کتاب مناسب شماست"
"وقتی شما خیلی درباره ی نگرانی ها فکر کنید و مدام درباره ی آنها صحبت کنید به نگرانی ها هم کمک می کنید تا رشد کنند"
"خودتان را چنین بچه ای تصور کنید.تصور کنید آنقدر قوی هستید که به نکرانی ها بگویید بروند.تصور کنید که نگرانی ها واقعا در ح
What a great book for anxious kids! I have read it and have been going through it with our kids. We have one (our youngest) that worries about everything and everyone! We are hoping to see some results for the mental health of everyone in our family. It also resonates with the other 2 and seems helpful for their occasional anxieties! If they can put it in perspective at a young age, I am hoping it will help them later in life.
The Worry Time idea is very helpful. Our son easily grasped the comparison to growing tomatoes and referred back to it multiple times. This book kept his focus and we read almost the entire book in one sitting. Well written from both a parent and child perspective.
This book made a huge difference with my daughter. We had just lost our family dog, 3 days later her daddy forgot her at school. She is a worrier anyways, but those two events made it unbearable for her. She was 6 at the time. This book was a lifesaver! It helped being able to talk things out and work on the pages together. It was amazing to see what she worried about and how to deal with it.
When my son Brian was dealing with some anxiety issues, a friend recommended this book and both of us found the exercises very helpful. We read this book together when Brian was in 1st grade, and now he's in 3rd grade and able to deal with his worries very well. They still come out when he's tired and wound up, but he responds when I do the exercises with him. Great help.
this has been the best book to help with my child's anxieties. i highly recommend this book to every parent who has a worrier in their family. it puts the power back in the child's hands to take control of their worries and helps to restore sanity back to the family. simple, easy to read and a perfect step by step process for a child to understand and follow.
We got this book for my son at the recommendation of his therapist. We read it together in two nights and we've already seen a change in his affect and he's tried out several of the techniques. He likes the workbook pages and how he gets to draw and write things out. I recommend it to anyone who has a child that has a tendency towards worrying and anxiety.
Michelle Tempted By Books
I am really grateful for this book. The way it reads is for children and is extremely well said as to be understandable for a child with anxiety. I read this to my son and we did the activities. I think it really helped thanks to the activities. I would definitely recommend this book to any parent who is having some anxiety issues with their child.
I read this book with my daughter, who worries a lot. There were some good strategies for helping kids understand what worries are and how to manage them. I think now that we've gone through it we'll wait a while and then read it again--my daughter is having a hard time even admitting that she's anxious, so it's hard to proceed from there.
I can hardly believe I never reviewed this book beforw. I found it to be the most usefull tool in dealing with my little boy's anxieties. Heck, it was helpfull for me too. We are both worriers. The docs wanted to prescribe an arsenal of meds but we just went with one minor one and this book. It is awesome for kids and adults!
Ann Douglas
A helpful guide to managing anxiety -- for kids. Also includes a mini-guide for parents. The tone is encouraging and the suggestions are practical and easy to implement. Highly recommended.
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Dawn Huebner, PhD, wrote most of her first book (What to Do When You Worry Too Much) on walks to and from her office in downtown Exeter, NH. The rest of her series was similarly conceived, although she eventually set up a computer (and designated a writing day) in a spare room at home.

A clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. Huebner recognized the need for lively, easy-to-read take-home ma
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