TPP 084a: Karen Young of Hey Sigmund Talks About Anxiety in Kids

03.25.2022 - By TILT Parenting: Raising Differently Wired Kids

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In this week’s episode I’m talking with the founder of the popular psychology website Hey Sigmund, Karen Young about anxiety in kids. Karen created Hey Sigmund because she realized the power of solid information, and wanted to share brain science and the latest research and news about psychology with everyday people.
What attracted me to Karen’s website is that it frequently features fascinating, comprehensive, and easy-to-digest articles on issues surrounding kids’ emotional and mental well-being, with a special focus on anxiety in kids. And that’s what we’re talking about in-depth today—anxiety in children. Karen will tell us exactly what it looks like, how we can recognize it in our kids, what to do about it, and how to talk with our kids about it. Karen also tells us about her new book which she wrote specifically for children with anxiety, called Hey Warrior.

Karen Young has worked as a psychologist in private practice, in organizational settings, lectured and has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups. Her honors degree in psychology and masters in Gestalt Therapy have come in handy at times. She founded Hey Sigmund after realizing the power of solid information. Her articles have been translated into a number of languages and her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Yahoo Health.
She is also a regular contributor to Parenting Magazine in New Zealand. She can often be heard on Australian radio, and is and a sought-after speaker. Recently, she published Hey Warrior, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’.
Things you’ll learn from this episode

The impetus for Karen’s popular website Hey Sigmund

What Karen hopes Hey Sigmund does in the world

Why Karen says: “Because sometimes the only diagnosis is human”

What’s happening in our kids’ bodies and minds when they’re experiencing anxiety

Useful strategies kids can use to cope with their anxious feelings

What parents can look out for if they suspect their child might be struggling with anxiety

How parents can support their children with anxiety, as well as explain to their children what’s going on

The importance of mindfulness as a way to manage anxiety

Resources mentioned about anxiety in kids

Hey Sigmund (Karen’s website)

Hey Warrior, a book for kids with anxiety to find their “brave” by Karen Young

The University of Washington Autism Center

Headspace mindfulness app

Smiling Mind mindfulness app

Hey Sigmund on Facebook

Anxiety in Kids: How to Turn it Around and Protect Them for Life (original viral article on Hey Sigmund)

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