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Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teens and Kids
R. Reid Wilson, PhD and Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Pathway Systems / Softcover / Mar 2014
9780963068330 (ISBN-10: 0963068334)
Anxiety, Phobia & Panic / Teen / Young Adult
price: $18.95
174 pages
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Casey, the fourteen year old narrator, knows just what it's like to be miserable. It started slowly: backing away from birthday parties, avoiding the Fourth of July fireworks, leaving before the end of movies. By second grade, stomach aches and tantrums before school seemed as common as strawberry jelly on toast. Then, just before her fourth grade chorus concert-as her mom was braiding her hair-Casey puked. No concert. No post-concert ice cream with her friends. Only a night filled with tears. Everything changed that next morning. Casey and her mom had had enough! The days of being timid were over. They got mad and decided then and there to solve the puzzle called worry. Casey expresses a serious commitment to the task, but couples it with feisty, irreverent humor, as she releases a gaggle of characters and their stories.

The narrative offers cautious kids (and their sometimes worried, often frustrated parents) a realistic guide for stepping into the new and scary experiments that arrive at each developmental stage, right up through the teen years. Will her frightful encounter with the snarling dog keep her forever from walking to the bus stop, or the ominous storm clouds end her fun at the water park? Will an asparagus-dog with cheese get her into the clubhouse-building project? Can you really talk to your worry like it's a squirrel? Will Lindsey's coaching to "loosen up and scream" actually help her handle the scary-but-awesome one-minute and fifty-two second Yankee Cannonball roller coaster?

In PLAYING WITH ANXIETY: CASEY'S GUIDE FOR TEENS AND KIDS, the companion book to Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons' parenting book, ANXIOUS KIDS, ANXIOUS PARENTS: 7 WAYS TO STOP THE WORRY CYCLE AND RAISE COURAGEOUS & INDEPENDENT CHILDREN (HCI Books, 2013), Casey includes stories of everyday encounters-imagining warm chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven, brother Elliot's MARSH MAN comic book-as well as surprising feats-the accidental discovery of Post-it Notes, Benjamin's uncle Steve's jump from the helicopter, blind Eric Weihenmayer's climb of the Seven Summits-to show the reader how to face the trials of the middle years.


Table of Contents

Introducing Myself
Chapter 1: A Glob of Caterpillars
Pull Your Back Brakes First!
Boo Runs Scared
Be Afraid—Be Very Afraid
Spray, Slap, and Play Dead
Chapter 2: Don’t Climb That Tree!
Wearing Your Genes
Mom Decides to Change Her Ways
Chapter 3: Stop the World! I Want to Get Off
Imagine That!
A Cooked Spaghetti Noodle
Taking the Stage
Chapter 4: Great Expectations
Oh, Hello, Worry! You Again?
Chapter 5: Chatting with the Squirrel
A Mouse—On My Shoulder
Chatting with the Squirrel
“I Know You’re Just Trying to Do Your Job”
Knocking a Fly Out of the Park
Chapter 6: Becoming Unglued
What DOESN’T Work
The Blind Leading the Blind
Not Knowing, and Then Growing
Why You Should Change Your Mind
Chapter 7: Taking Your Brain for a Walk
Stepping into It on Purpose
Chapter 8: I Say Uncomfortable, You Say Vomit
Gripping onto Fun
Cooling Out
How Not to Do It Bridget’s Way
Chapter 9: Wrestling with Asparagus
“Hang On… We’re Going In!”
Wrestling with Asparagus
How to Enjoy the Movies
You Can Get There from Here
The Best Present Ever
Chapter 10: Chutes and Learners
The Reminder Bridge
Santa Claus Eats an Ice Cream
Taking the Sting Out
Chapter 11: Answering the Bell
A Hasty Retreat
How Not to Be Alarmed
Chapter 12: The Show Must Go On!
And Then What Happened?

About the Authors:

Reid Wilson, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is author of Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks and the coauthor of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice and a sought-after speaker and consultant. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children, including generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and performance anxiety.

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