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Calming Severe Weather Fears

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in children and adults and storm phobias often trigger them.
Violent storms around the country remind us severe weather season is back and for many families that means a renewed season of stress. 
 
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in children and adults and storm phobias often trigger them. 

Child psychologist Stephen Whiteside of the Mayo Clinic says worries about weather can make it hard for kids to concentrate. Some children will routinely check forecasts or even develop fears of leaving the house. 

"You can certainly tell them things like thunder won't hurt them, uh, and uh, you can just talk them about storms, you can read more information about storms, some kids are actually afraid of storms are really interested in learning more about them... And just that process can be really helpful for some kids."
 
If the anxiety doesn't diminish, or begins to create greater stress for the child or the parent, get the assistance of a mental health professional.

Mayo Clinic Website
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