Anxiety: Treatment with psychotherapy and lifestyle changes

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Learn how psychotherapy and lifestyle changes can help your child cope with anxiety.

Key points

  • Psychotherapy can help a child deal with anxiety by offering support, teaching coping skills or exploring relationships.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy is one type of effective psychotherapy. By focusing on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, it can help patients recognize signs of anxiety, develop coping strategies and gradually face their anxieties.
  • Other forms of psychotherapy include family therapy, behavioural therapy and mindfulness- and acceptance-based therapies.
  • Children and teens may also benefit from at least eight to 10 hours sleep a night, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. Your child's health-care provider can offer advice if a child has difficulty making lifestyle changes.
Last updated: September 30th 2021