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Parenting Your Anxious Child With Mindfulness & Acceptance: A Powerful New Approach to Overcoming Fear, Panic, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Paperback – 1 October 2009
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McCurry breaks new ground by applying acceptance and commitmenttherapy to the treatment of anxiety disorders in children. His approach isbased on solid principles and offers understandable and practical guidelinesto help parents treat this common but often misunderstood condition.
-- James T. Grimm, MD, MPH, child psychiatrist in Eugene, OR
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I have also recommended this book to many other clinicians who have found it invaluable.
One of my favourite aspects of the book is the 'anxiety dance' i.e. the subtle and not so subtle actions and reactions that parents and children perform in the face of anxiety. This metaphor helps enormously and parents find it a helpful way to look at the relationship patterns between them and their child that are inadvertently keeping difficulties going.
This book is compassionate, non-blaming, easy to read - an absolute gem.
Enter my younger daughter. In the past year, here comes the anxiety disorder train again! I was in disbelief. Was it some genetic thing? The form of my younger daughter's newly-emerged anxiety disorder was different, meaning what her crazy, unreasonable fears focused on were very different, but the irrationality and obsessive nature of the fears, that part was identical. On this round, I was fortunate to have read Richard Davidson's book "The Emotional Life of Your Brain," and to have listened to Matthieu Ricard's audiobook "The Skill of Happiness," and so I was opened to the possibility of using mindfulness meditation as a therapy. Pharmaceutical treatment was out. Period. For both of my daughters. I was just not willing to go there. Unfortunately, there are no mindfulness "programs" for kids in my area, so I've been left to figuring it out on my own. Enter Christopher McCurry's book. I purchased it with the intent of just learning some mindfulness techniques that I could practice with my younger daughter, in hopes that this would be therapeutic. What I got, instead, was nothing short of opening the blinds on a clear summer day. And it has been a humbling experience as well, to see how my wife, and mostly myself, have played a giant role in the development of these disorders with both of our daughters. I now have the tools to extract my own negative contribution to the maintenance of my younger daughter's anxiety issues, and I have all the tools I need to not only help her overcome her fears, but to do so in a way that lacks the long, emotionally grueling hours, days, weeks, months, and years that I went through with my older daughter.
I'll end this little review with a tiny snapshot of my younger daughter. Last night, she once again couldn't get herself to bed on her own (a truly crippling fear of the dark is one of her issues, far beyond anything you'd expect at this age). Rather than having the usual round of complicated frustration and overall negative interaction from all sides, I walked through a series of steps that I learned from the book, and watched a strange shift happen within my daughter. She walked up to me, gave me a kiss, and put herself to bed. Ten minutes later, I went in and kissed her goodnight. There was still emotional upset there--this is a process, not magic--but that was real progress I saw. I'm not the crying father type, but last night...it was awfully tempting.
I feel deeply indebted to the author for putting out this effort. If you are struggling with anxiety in your child, I cannot recommend this book enough to you. I didn't have time to read it, and probably you don't have the time either. But find the time. I did, and so can you. Get up early, or stay up late. Take the step, read the book, take notes, put it into practice. In a period of weeks to months, you'll be singing the same tune I am.