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Books to help kids cope with anxiety

Anne Marie Albano, the director of Columbia University

Anne Marie Albano, the director of Columbia University Medical Schools Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, has written "You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child From Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life" (Avery, $18, written with Leslie Pepper). The book to help parents understand different anxiety disorders, including separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and social phobia and guides parents on how to seek medical help if necessary. Credit: Handout

Anne Marie Albano, the director of Columbia University Medical Center's Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders for Children, has written "You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child From Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life" (Avery, $18, written with Leslie Pepper). The book is aimed at helping parents understand different anxiety disorders, including separation anxiety, generalized anxiety and social phobia, and guide them on how to seek medical help, if necessary.

"When Parents Worry: The Real Calls Doctors Receive . . . from Moles that Seem to Move to Funny-Smelling Poo" (Adams Media/F&W Media, $12.95), by Dr. Henry Anderson, is a paperback that details concerns, questions and requests parents presented to Anderson in his years as a pediatrician in New York City. For instance: "My two-year-old daughter ate the wax covering on her Baby Bell cheese. I'm not sure if this is a problem. Can you please call?"

In "The Parent's Guide to Self-Harm: What Parents Need to Know" (Lion UK, $14.95), mom Jane Smith, who also is the director of Anorexia and Bulimia Care, a charity in the United Kingdom, promises a book for parents by parents. It addresses questions such as "Why is my child self- harming?" "How have other parents coped?" and "What help and treatment is available?"

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