Day 4: Food Allergy Anxiety Resources
Anxiety isn't necessarily a bad feeling. Neither is stress. They can be useful feelings, driving us to problem-solve, power through roadblocks, or evaluate risk/safety levels in any given scenario.
However, when we assign a negative meaning to it, that's when we interpret it as an emotion that drags us down. If we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or stress, find that it's negatively impacting our daily lives, or that it's leading to avoidance behaviors and the inability to function with balance, then it may be time to reach out to a licensed clinical behavioral health or counseling professional.
But if you're looking for ways to address these emotions on your own, below is a brief, yet comprehensive list of CBT and other evidence-based resources to help kids/teens and adults/parents learn how to manage anxiety related to food allergies, asthma, eczema, or EoE. While not food allergy-specific, these concepts and resources are still useful in this context. (Find additional Food Allergy Mental Health-Related Resources here).
General Resources About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Anxiety:
Resources for Children/Preteens/Teens:
Resources for Adults:
WEBINAR by Tamara Hubbard, MA, LCPC:
Parenting w/Food Allergies: Understanding Anxiety & Developing Resilient Mindset
(Find an easy-to-share PDF w/embedded links to resources related to this webinar below):
If you find yourself needing support for food allergy-related psychosocial impacts, locate a food allergy-knowledgeable clinical behavioral healthcare provider
via the Food Allergy Counselor Directory.
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