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How To Help Your Child Deal With Low Self Esteem And Low Confidence

Low Self Esteem and Confidence underpins the majority of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, eating disorders (inc. anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and many behavioural problems. Couple this with the fact that most mental health problems develop before the age of 18 years and the importance of helping your child to deal with low self esteem and confidence now is indisputable. The steps below have been developed by the team of Clinical Psychologists and Counselling Psychologists at The British CBT & Counselling […]...

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How To Help Your Child Deal With Anxiety

1. Don’t Minimise Their Anxiety Anxiety is an evolutionary response to a perceived threat, therefore if your child is suffering from anxiety it is because they believe that they are at risk from harm, so even if you do not share this perception, you must take theirs seriously. Minimising how they feel, telling them not to ‘be silly’ or trying to jolly them along with not only serve to exacerbate their anxiety but will undermine their self esteem and as low self esteem underpins most mental health problems, responding to […]...

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How To Fail – The Most Important Lesson To Teach Our Children

Encouraging competition and achievement is the cornerstone upon which western societies are built and as a result our fear of failure is frequently the biggest obstacle that we face when embarking upon new challenges . However, every psychological study of enhancing success says that if you want to help people gain confidence and succeed you need to focus on their efforts, not the results and that being prepared and equipped to fail or to make mistakes is the only way that we can learn, develop and succeed as individuals. Of […]...

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Dear Dr Gray, My son has recently started saying that he doesn’t want to go to school. When we get to school he doesn’t want me to leave him and cries when I do. I have tried being nice to him, I have tried getting cross with him, nothing seems to work. He has always been quite anxious and not very confident. What should I do? Annabel (Fulham) Dr Gray Replies…….. Dear Annabel Most if not all children will at some point with go through a phase of not wanting […]...

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