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A Short Introduction to Helping Young People Manage Anxiety

With the charity Anxiety UK stating that as many as one in six young people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives, this guide provides an excellent resource for any professional working with young people.

Topics covered in this short, easy-to-read volume include the link between depression and self-harm, approaches that are more likely to work with young people, and how to help young people with anxiety to manage school commitments.

It also includes case studies and situations that may be relevant to many young patients.

The author addresses the different ways in which young people may display signs of anxiety, acknowledging that it can be a normal part of life for a young person. Different types of anxiety disorder, such as self-harm and obsessive compulsive disorder, are featured.

Although there are many books available on managing anxiety, the main advantage of this guide is that it focuses specifically on helping young people.

The book could benefit parents concerned about an anxious child and, while it does not have a particular nursing remit, it would be of particular relevance to school nurses, children’s nurses and mental health nurses. The reader may also welcome some of the excellent tips to manage their own anxiety.

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