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Food Allergy Awareness Week Day 4: Food Allergy Anxiety Resources



Day 4: Food Allergy Anxiety Resources

Anxiety isn't necessarily a bad emotion. 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.


General Resources About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Anxiety:

Resources for Children/Preteens/Teens:

Resources for Adults: 

  • The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling & Start Living by Russ Harris - (book) - This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - an extension of CBT), a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology.

  • Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by Forsyth/Eifert, PhD - (workbook) - This ACT-based self-help workbook helps adults become unstuck from their anxiety/fear, and learn how to move towards an emotional balance.

  • My Anxiety Plan (MAP) for Adults - (learning module) My Anxiety Plan (MAP) is an anxiety management program based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) offered by Anxiety Canada. It is designed to provide adults struggling with anxiety with practical strategies and tools to manage anxiety. MAP includes 6 easy-to-navigate units with 45 lessons.

Resource for Parents: 

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If you find yourself needing support for food allergy-related psychosocial impacts, locate a food allergy-informed clinical behavioral health practitioner via the Food Allergy Counselor Directory.

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