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Road Construction: I-65 Bridge Repairs in Downtown Indianapolis

Portions of Interstate 65 in downtown Indianapolis will be closed for bridge repairs beginning on or after July 1. Construction may impact travel to IU Health facilities in the area. Learn more.

Construcción del camino: reparaciones del puente de I-65 en el centro de Indianápolis

Partes de la Interestatal 65 en el centro de Indianápolis estarán cerradas para reparaciones de puentes que empiezan en o después del 1 de Julio. La construcción puede afectar el viaje a los centros hospitalarios de IU Health en el área.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child With Anxiety

It’s normal for children to worry a little, especially if they are experiencing big changes. Sometimes children and adolescents don’t realize that their anxiety is more intense than typical. When worry turns into full-blown anxiety, your child may need help coping.

Here are five ways you can help your child deal with anxiety:

  1. Talk about it. Ignoring your child’s fears won’t make them go away and may only increase their anxiety. Listen to your child and provide feedback to validates their feelings. You may not be able to remove the fear, but you can communicate that you understand.
  2. Assist with reality checks. Ask your child to identify whether their anxious thoughts really make sense. Use logic and facts to help show that there is less to worry about than it may appear.
  3. Be positive. Anxious children tend to embrace negative thoughts. Model a positive, upbeat attitude and be sure to point out the good in a given situation. Sometimes your child just needs a reminder that not everything warrants worry.
  4. Schedule down-time. Today’s children are often over-scheduled, and rushing from activity to activity can cause anxiety. Be sure to leave plenty of time for kids to just be kids and relax and play on their own time.
  5. Take a deep breath. Teach your child basic relaxation techniques, including deep breathing and visualization.

If you are unable to ease your child’s anxiety or if they experience chronic and exaggerated worry and tension that seem to have no substantial cause, it may be Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Your child does not have to suffer from GAD. Schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor right away for diagnosis and help with treatment.

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