'What if I choke? Am I going to faint?! WHY IS MY HEART BEATING SO FAST?!!'
Thinking about our bodies' functions can be scary, especially for children. Sometimes this awareness grows into Health Anxiety, an intense, unshakeable fear accompanied by hypervigilance about breathing, swallowing, aches, and pains.
Facing Mighty Fears About Health teaches children to manage scary thoughts more effectively. Fun Facts about the body engage children whilst they practice the 3 steps included to ease false-alarm fears. A note to parents and caregivers, along with a supplemental Resource Page, makes this the perfect guide for families and mental health counselors.
This book is part of the Dr Dawn's Mini Books About Mighty Fears series, designed to help kids aged 6-10 to tackle their fears and live happier lives!
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Average rating from 26 members
This is the second of Huebner’s books that I’ve read to review. The illustrations are similar, they’re simple sketches that are eye pleasing and effective. The book’s purpose is achieved - addressing health anxieties snd how to manage them. A great book to share with a younger audience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
Another fantastic book for Primary School Children easy for them to read and understand, the language is also easy for them to read so they can read on their own or with a parent/carer.
Ideal book for professionals to use with children when discussing health fears (especially in the current climate) and how we can address these fears in a safe and effective way. I can’t wait to use this book with the children I work with.
Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Jessica Kingsley publishers for allowing me access to this free Advance Reader Copy.
Where was this book when I was growing up?! A candid, honest look at what it means to have health anxiety. A beautifully broken down explanation of complex psychological concepts. A powerful metaphor to explain our brains and why we shouldn't feel shame about our health anxiety. There are so many kids that are going to benefit from this book. And honestly, there are a lot of adults who will, too.
I have loved all the the Facing Mighty Fears books so far, and this one is no exception. The illustrations are simple, but pair perfectly with the text. This book dives into learning about health anxiety. It teaches so much about the amygdala and how it responds to our body and mind. It helps kids understand why they may be having health anxiety, how it works, and ways to help combat it. Along with a bonus section in the back for adults. I recommend this book for many ages of kids, because even I as an adult learned things I didn't know. Can't wait to be able to read it to my kids, along with all the others in the series.
Having a preteen son who struggles with health anxiety, I eagerly grabbed this book to see if it would be a good read for him. I loved the way the information was laid out. Quick and easy read with a lot of information on learning about triggers and what to do with them. I will for sure be purchasing this book for my at-home collection and recommending to our librarian to purchase!
I wish there was an option to give this book more than five stars as it has completely earned them. Dawn Huebner in this book provides the best explanation of worry and why our brain may make us anxious unnecessarily that I’ve come across (I think it is useful for both children and adults). By using analogies that everyone will understand the book explains health fears in a non-judgemental way and also points out that it is common and nothing to be ashamed of. Steps are then clearly put across in a fun and encouraging guide (including some basic CBT, mindfulness and grounding strategies) that can be used on a daily basis. There are also lots of fun facts about the body throughout the book making it an engaging read.
What I really appreciated about this book (and in fact the whole series) is the illustrations show children of different backgrounds, so often such inclusivity is lacking. It was great especially to see children who are wheelchair users represented.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.