March 7, 2019, at 6:00 a.m.
FEAR CAN BE A HELPFUL emotion, particularly for children who are learning to navigate the world. Feeling afraid lets them know when they are in danger and helps them respond.
On the other hand, many children today struggle with anxiety that goes beyond what’s considered normal and healthy. The key is identifying when your child’s fear has changed from productive to harmful. The first step is to understand the different types of anxiety. These include:
- Generalized anxiety.
- Situational anxiety and phobias.
- Social anxiety.