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Fears are a normal part of a child's life. Children are afraid of the dark, or spiders or nurses. They worry about making friends or being separated from their parents. However, some children have more trouble managing their fears.

While researchers don't know why childhood anxiety might be more common than in the past, they suggest lifestyle changes could be one reason. For example, there are fewer filters to shield a child from the impact of negative events, such as social media and 24-hour news coverage.

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Short-term avoidance of anxiety leads to long-term maintenance of anxiety.

Handling anxious thoughts is tricky, however, the best response is to do nothing. It's easy to say but hard to do, yet if we continuously become dismissive towards the anxious thought consistently, our brain then becomes good at filtering out the anxiety noise.

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