How to Help Your Anxious Teen: Discovering the Surprising Sources of Their Worries and Fears

How to Help Your Anxious Teen: Discovering the Surprising Sources of Their Worries and Fears

by Jessica Thompson


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Help Your Teen Find Joy and Peace
If your son or daughter is suffering from anxiety, you probably have more questions than answers: What is causing the anxiety? Is this normal teenage angst or something more serious? What can I do to help?
Jessica Thompson, the mother of three teens, has seen kids struggle with anxiousness. She wants you to understand the issues surrounding teenage anxiety and how our culture, the church, and perhaps even you may be contributing to the problem.
The culture tells kids that it’s not okay to be normal, that social media is vital to their well-being, and that athletic, academic, and other accolades are all-important.
The church, though well-intentioned, sometimes places undue pressure on teens to “do big things for God” and “be the best Christian you can be.”
Caring parents may inadvertently overcorrect their teens’ behavior and try to control it (“helicopter parenting”). They may also use their kids’ accomplishments to build their own identity or try to be their children’s best friend.  
But there is help and hope for you and your teenager. When you equip yourself with truth from the gospel and the rest of God’s Word, you can help your child to cope with anxiety, and your family can experience greater freedom and peace.     

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736976718
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 435,220
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Jessica Thompson has authored or coauthored several books, including the bestseller Give Them Grace. A popular conference speaker and guest blogger, Jessica grew up in Southern California where she and her husband of 22 years have raised their three kids, two of whom are teenagers.


Table of Contents

1 The Problem 7

2 Mental Illness or Elevated Anxiety? 13

Part 1 How Society Contributes to Your Teen's Anxiety

3 Accomplishments Are King 27

4 The Disdain of Being Normal 39

5 Social Media, Electronics, and Our Kids 51

6 The Diminishing Sense of Safety 63

Part 2 How the Church Contributes to Your Teen's Anxiety

7 "Do Big Things for God" 73

8 "Be a Good Christian" 83

Part 3 How You Contribute to Your Teen's Anxiety

9 Helicopter Parenting 95

10 Using Our Kids Instead of Loving Them 105

11 Can We Be Best Friends? 115

Part 4 How Your Teen Gives In to Their Anxiety

12 The Desire to be Successful, Well-Liked, and Good-Looking 123

13 Conclusion 131

Notes 137

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LadyBooksalot 3 months ago
Really eye-opening discourse into the psyche of teenagers. Using a multitude of scripture, the author explains not only the difference between stress and anxiety but more-so how parents respond to their teenager whenever dealing with their ups and downs. The examples given made sense to me and even though my children are nearing their 40s, I still can improve upon how I approach times when they need to talk and I need to listen. Does not give easy answers but mainly that we take time for self-reflection. I feel this book will be a tremendous help to any parent who needs support in supporting their children during their teen years. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.