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What are some strategies for dealing with a child who is struggling with anxiety or depression?

Hi everyone,

I am a concerned parent and I am reaching out for some advice on how to help my child who is struggling with anxiety and depression. My child is 11 years old and has been showing signs of anxiety and depression for a while now. They seem to be constantly worried and overwhelmed about school, their friendships, and just about everything else. They also experience frequent mood swings and have lost interest in activities they used to enjoy.

I just want to know what strategies or tips you have found useful in dealing with this type of situation. I want to do everything in my power as a parent to help my child overcome these challenges and get back to a happier and healthier place.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hi there,

I am so sorry to hear that your child is going through such a tough time. As a parent, it can be really difficult to know how to best support your child when they are struggling with anxiety or depression. I have firsthand experience with this as my own child went through a similar situation a few years ago.

One of the biggest strategies that I found helpful was to create a consistent routine for my child. We made sure that they had a structured schedule with set times for waking up, eating meals, and going to bed. This helped provide a sense of stability and predictability, which can be really helpful for children who are struggling with anxiety.

Another thing that I found helpful was to provide lots of opportunities for my child to get outdoors and exercise. Physical activity can be a great way to manage anxiety and depression, and getting outside in the fresh air can also be really beneficial. We started going on family walks and bike rides together, which my child really enjoyed.

Finally, we sought professional help from a therapist who specialized in working with children. It was important that we found someone who had experience working with kids who were struggling with anxiety and depression. Our therapist was able to provide some really effective coping mechanisms and strategies that helped my child to manage their symptoms.

I hope that you find some of these strategies helpful. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with anxiety and depression, but with patience, love, and support, I am confident that your child will come out on top.



I'm sorry to hear about what your child is going through. My child also went through a similar journey a while back, and I can share with you some of the steps we took to help him.

First of all, communicating with your child is crucial. We encouraged our son to voice out his feelings and thoughts so we could offer our opinion and support. We always listened and tried to understand his perspective before jumping to offer any advice. We ensured that he had a safe space to talk openly without any judgment or criticism.

Another crucial thing we did was to reassess our parenting style. We wanted to make sure that our behavior was nurturing and supportive and not inadvertently reinforcing the anxiety. We talked to behavioral specialists and read parenting books on the topic to ensure we created an environment that catered to his mental wellbeing.

In addition, we introduced a healthy lifestyle that was high in nutrients and healthy activities. We made sure he had a balanced diet, regular exercise, and restful sleep. We also encouraged him to participate in extracurricular activities that he enjoys as this helped him to build confidence and a sense of achievement.

Lastly, we sought help from a therapist who specialized in mental health in children. The therapist provided guidance on how to handle anxiety and gave us tools to help our son manage his feelings.

Remember, every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. But finding a supportive community and committed resources will go a long way in helping your child overcome anxiety or depression.


Hi there,

I understand how difficult it can be to watch your child struggle with anxiety and depression. My child also suffered from these issues, and one thing that helped was creating a list of coping mechanisms for my child to use when they felt overwhelmed or anxious.

We brainstormed together and made a list of things they could do when they started to feel anxious, such as taking a break and going for a walk, doing some deep breathing exercises or practicing yoga. Having a list of coping mechanisms helped my child to feel more in control and brought them comfort whenever they felt overwhelmed.

Another thing that we found helpful was establishing a support system for our child. We reached out to friends and family and explained what was going on so that they could offer support to my child when they needed it. We also made sure to check in with our child's school counselor and teachers to ensure that they were aware of the situation and could offer support if needed.

It's also essential to provide your child with a positive mindset. We talked to our child about the importance of positive self-talk and how our thoughts affect our emotions. We encouraged them to reframe negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones to help them overcome anxiety and depression more easily.

Finally, we made sure to acknowledge our child's progress and achievements. We focused on positive reinforcement to help them build self-esteem and confidence in themselves. We celebrated small victories along the way and made sure they knew we were proud of them.

Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with anxiety or depression. It is important to try different strategies and see what works best for your child. With patience, love, and support, your child can overcome these challenges and begin to thrive again.


Hi everyone,

I can relate to what you are going through - supporting a child who is struggling with anxiety and depression can be tough. One thing that has helped my family is staying informed about the latest research and treatments available.

We made sure to seek out a mental health professional with expertise in anxiety and depression. The therapist provided us with education on the root causes of anxiety and depression and helped set us on a path to recovery. The therapist also had access to up-to-date research and treatments, which made the entire experience more manageable for us.

Another thing we did was prioritize fun, positive experiences as a family. We went on outings together, took vacations, and played together. It was essential for our child to have positive memories during this difficult time to reinforce that life has been fun, and things can get better.

We also avoided excessive screen time, particularly on social media platforms. Social media can cause anxiety in children since comparisons with peers and expectations can lead to feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, watching negative news can make anxiety even worse for children.

Remember to take it one step at a time, be patient with your child, and create a supportive, nurturing environment for them. With love, support, and guidance, your child can overcome anxiety and depression and return to living a full life.


Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear that your child is struggling with anxiety and depression. It can be tough to see our kids going through such a challenging time. Like the other contributors have mentioned, it's important to prioritize your child's mental health and wellbeing.

One thing that helped my child was creating a calming space in our home. We set up an area in their room with a cozy chair, a weighted blanket, and some calming scents like lavender. This space gave my child a place to go and relax when they were feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

Another thing that we found helpful was practicing mindfulness together. We started small by doing a few minutes of deep breathing together in the morning or before bed. We also tried to be present and attentive during our interactions with one another, whether that was playing a game together or having a conversation over dinner. This mindfulness practice helped my child to stay present in the moment and manage their anxiety.

Lastly, we made sure to prioritize our own self-care as parents. It can be draining and emotionally taxing to support a child who is struggling with anxiety or depression. We made sure to set aside time for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate, whether that was through exercise, spending time with friends, or engaging in hobbies that we enjoy. When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to support our children.

Remember, every child is unique, so it's important to find strategies that work best for your child. With patience, love, and support, I am confident that your child will get through this tough time.

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