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

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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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Jun 10, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 14, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: bow, self-improvement
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
Jan 31, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
My son went through the exercises in this book with a therapist when he was nine years old, back in 2013. He still remembered several of the ideas from it. But his anxieties came back with a vengeance in early January of this year, so we picked up this book and What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD to go through them again. We started having daily Worry Time, worked on breathing techniques, and started identifying "trash" thoughts that could be discarded.

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Jul 24, 2015 Gwen rated it it was amazing
I never felt like I got my money's worth so quickly from a book I bought for work like this one! So simple, so practical. My child clients love it and so do I.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
Mar 11, 2015 Maureen McCann rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2009 Abram rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 22, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 08, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-buy
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
Missus B's  Picture Book Reviews
I highly recommend this book as a support tool for children who are anxious/worried. The book is clear, practical and suggests a variety of ways in which a child can learn to regulate their emotions and overcome anxiety. Read more of my review on my blogpost here: http://missusbspicturebookreviews.blo...
Christine Turner
An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. This book educates and motivates children to work towards change. It includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD.
Subject: Worry in children -- Juvenile literature.
Anxiety in children -- Juvenile literature.
"Teaches school-age children cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce and overcome anxiety, fears, and worry, through writing and drawing activities and self-help exercises and strategies. Includes introduction for parents"--Provided by publisher.
Although cataloged as E nonfiction, might be a better fit for older children
Mar 16, 2016 Mrs.Foody rated it liked it
Because so many of my students suffer from anxiety, I was hoping this would give good ideas on how to cope with such things. The ideas were good (breathing exercises, setting a time to discuss worries, etc), but it was written in language that seemed a little more elementary than middle school.
Mar 07, 2016 Gina rated it liked it
I found this book suggestion on the Mighty Girls website and thought it could be helpful since I work with many middle schoolers who suffer from anxiety. The ideas were good, but the book would be more helpful for early elementary students rather than older ones.
Ryan Gray
Nov 10, 2011 Ryan Gray rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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! :)
Aug 26, 2016 R.J. rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Some very good stuff in here, though I'm not sure I like the way it's organized -- or the tomato metaphor, which made me, an adult reader, feel kind of terrible!
Deb Carter
Mar 17, 2015 Deb Carter rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 02, 2015 Kelleen rated it it was amazing
So far so good! My daughter hasnt had any sleepless nights since we started this book. Lots of great ways for kids to relate!
Feb 21, 2016 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Very practical and simple ways to help a child (or an adult!) focus away from anxiety. Well done!
Suzette Heath - Healthy Minds
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner.
Frieda Vizel
Mar 26, 2015 Frieda Vizel rated it it was amazing
Can't recommend it enough. They should make it this accessible for adults too.
Feb 21, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Probably the best worrying book out there!
Sep 04, 2012 sparkypink rated it really liked it
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.
Melissa Henry
Jan 17, 2016 Melissa Henry rated it it was amazing
-workbook to do with the child
Dec 27, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Where was this book when I was a kid?
Aug 23, 2015 Jon rated it really liked it
A good book to teach anxiety strategies. The worry box, worry time, and worry bully images are helpful.
Autumn Seiler
Jun 02, 2014 Autumn Seiler rated it it was amazing
Great to work through with kids
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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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