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How hard should I push my 9-year-old son to overcome his anxiety?

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How hard should I push my 9-year-old son to overcome his anxiety?

Post  Admin on Mon May 30, 2011 5:19 am

How hard should I push my 9-year-old son to overcome his anxiety?

Q: My son, now in the 3rd grade, has suffered from anxiety most of his life. This is not a situational anxiety; it affects him in every area of his life. He reacts strongly to transitions, new experiences, and unfamiliar social settings (sports teams, play dates at others' homes, etc.). As a result he shies away from anything he perceives as stressful. The question is how hard do I push him against his anxiety? Is there benefit to forcing him to play a sport, for instance in order to build tolerance (and in the end build up positive endorphins) or does this place him in a stress-inducing situation that is beyond his capacity to handle? Where's the operating manual?!



Answered by Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Interim Senior Director, Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center; Director, Intensive Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Program


http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/ask-a-clinician/2011-5-23-how-hard-should-i-push-my-9-year-old-son-overcome-


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