Nicole Runyon

Unlocking Resilience: Understanding and Addressing the Childhood Anxiety Epidemic

In today’s world, anxiety has become a pervasive issue among children and teens, reaching epidemic levels. According to statistics, by 2019, 9.4% of children in the US were already grappling with anxiety, and these numbers have only escalated in the wake of the 2020 lockdowns.

At its core, anxiety often stems from a profound sense of powerlessness and lack of control. Many of today’s children diagnosed with anxiety disorders are, fundamentally, wrestling with a deep-seated distrust in themselves. This internal struggle leaves them feeling utterly helpless, prompting them to seek control externally.

This lack of self-trust manifests in various ways, spanning from separation anxiety and sleep disturbances to social anxiety and school avoidance. It can lead to panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, attention deficits, and an overreliance on technology. Alarmingly, many teenagers resort to addictive behaviors involving substances and social media platforms as coping mechanisms.

The crux of the issue lies in the fractured development of today’s youth. They have grown up in an era marked by rapid technological advancement and societal pressures, leaving them ill-equipped to handle uncertainty and adversity. They lack the confidence to navigate life’s challenges, uncertain of their own resilience and strength.

Consequently, they shy away from discomfort, avoiding situations that could foster growth and resilience. Their journey towards self-discovery and self-assurance is hindered, impeding their ability to thrive in an increasingly complex world.

Addressing this epidemic requires a multifaceted approach. It involves fostering environments that prioritize resilience-building, equipping children and teens with the tools to navigate life’s uncertainties confidently. It necessitates nurturing a culture of trust and empowerment in oneself, where individuals feel supported in their journey towards self-discovery and growth. By recognizing and addressing the underlying causes of anxiety in today’s youth, we can pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future—one where children and teens feel empowered to embrace life’s challenges with confidence and courage.

In closing, remember that parenting is a journey filled with both joy and challenges. As a psychotherapist and parent coach, I’m here to offer support and guidance every step of the way. If you found this information helpful and want to continue the conversation, I invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn. It’s a space where I engage in discussions with fellow professionals, share insights, and provide ongoing support for parents navigating the beautiful and complex world of raising children. Let’s connect, learn, and grow together.

Meet Nicole Runyon

Nicole Runyon is a psychotherapist, parent coach and keynote speaker. Picture this: a woman 5”0 tall in stature, she is small but mighty. 

What’s truly remarkable? She left her private practice working with children to speak to and write for parents who need help with their iGeneration children. Renowned for bold messages, Nicole is more than your average psychotherapist, she is a revolutionary. 

free download

10 Parental Challenges That You Think Are Your Child’s But Are Actually Yours.

Are you ready to grow as a parent? Our complimentary resource offers parents a way to take ownership of their family system.