List of recommended resources on anxiety - books and websites.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Social anxiety disorder (sometimes called social phobia) is a problem for children and youth that makes them very anxious or worried in many everyday situations. Studies show that about 1 in every 20 youth have this disorder.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Bullying is a kind of aggressive behaviour, where a 'bully' tries to hurt or intimidate another person. While you may feel a range of emotions, from being upset and worried to anger and rage that your child is being bullied, it's important to stay calm. It's best to avoid emotional, angry outbursts, because they could make your child afraid to tell you anything more. Your child may not tell you about more bullying because s/he is worried about overwh…
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. It is normal for children and youth to feel sad from time to time. But this sadness doesn't stop them from going on with their everyday activities. And it goes away on its own. Depression, on the other hand, is a sadness so severe that it interferes with everyday life. With severe depression, people may even hear voices, or have thoughts of harming themselves or others. Depression is more than normal sadness.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. What is Emotional Regulation? Being able to keep feelings in balance and not let them become overwhelming.This allows children and youth to stay calm and rational even when faced with emotionally difficult situations so they can behave in ways to get their needs met and not act in ways that are deemed inappropriate, that will get them in trouble, and/or make the situation worse.
Family therapy is an approach to therapy which often involves working with all members of the family to explore an understanding of how the family functions and works together. Family therapy helps to identify the strengths and challenges of the family while working as a group to set goals and develop strategies.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Grief is the experience of loss. It doesn't have to be only after a death, it can be after any important loss that affects their life.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Eating disorders are serious problems with eating, which affect every part of a person's life, including thoughts, feelings, body and relationships. Learn as much as you can about eating disorders. These are challenging illnesses that can cause a lot of stress at home. Children and youth can't help the way they are acting, and they can't recover from eating disorders on their own. They need the support of their families as well as mental health prof…
In Arabic. The Zones of Regulation group is designed to improve your child’s emotional-regulation skills. At least one parent or caregiver needs to attend the group, as they play a very important role in supporting their child. IWK Community Mental Health runs groups 3 times annually.
In French. Le groupe de soutien pour la maîtrise des émotions vise à aider votre enfant à améliorer ses compétences émotionnelles. Au moins un parent ou parent-substitut doit participer aux séances. / The Zones of Regulation group is designed to improve your child’s emotional-regulation skills. At least one parent or caregiver needs to attend the group.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Screen time is any time spent sitting in front of a screen: TV, computer, tablet, video games, cell phones or any other devices. The Canadian Paediatric Society discourages screen-based activities for children under 2. Limit television watching to less than 1 to 2 hours per day for older children. Avoid making television watching part of your regular daily routine.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Many different things may be called “traumatic.” Trauma refers to experiences that are overwhelming and may leave a person feeling helpless, vulnerable, or very frightened.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Psychosis is a serious medical problem where a child or teen has trouble telling the difference between what is real and what is not real. Sometimes, it starts with small changes in behaviour, where children just don't seem like 'themselves'. Children or teens with psychosis often have delusions or hallucinations.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. School refusal is a type of anxiety disorder where the child shows extreme distress about attending school and refuses to go to school on a regular basis, or has a problem staying in school. It is often a symptom of a deeper problem, such as separation anxiety or social anxiety.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. Sleep is critical for physical and mental health, but many youth just don't get enough. Lack of sleep can cause a number of health problems. On the other hand, trouble sleeping can also be a symptom of physical or mental health problems. This fact sheet will help you make sure your teen is getting a good night's sleep.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. What is Substance Abuse? The use of drugs or alcohol to enhance positive feelings or reduce negative feelings. Experimental or recreational substance use among youth is very common. Some risk taking behaviour is considered a developmentally normal part of adolescent development
It is important that you understand the confidential nature of your relationship with your team of healthcare providers. The team will be working with you or your child through the IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program. Depending on your needs or your child’s needs, the team will include different specialists. Together they are your/your child’s Treatment Team.
902-464-4110 to call IWK Central Referral. What is suicide? Suicide is the act of ending one’s life. Children and youth can have thoughts of suicide for many reasons, especially when they experience so much stress that they feel overwhelmed and cannot cope.
By IWK Community Mental Health & Addictions Clinics. It is common for children and teens to experience mental health problems. When it comes to your care, you have choices; and together, we want to do our best to help you set and meet your goals. So, it’s important that we work well together.
The Zones of Regulation group is designed to improve your child’s emotional-regulation skills. At least one parent or caregiver needs to attend the group, as they play a very important role in supporting their child. IWK Community Mental Health runs groups 3 times annually.