Geraldine Brady

Anxiety and Depression: How to Help, Understand and Support Children and Young People


Anxiety and Depression offers a complete guide to the difficulties and challenges commonly faced by young people with anxiety and depression at home and in school, and how to help.



Anxiety and Depression: How to Help, Understand and Support Children and Young People is an essential text for all parents, carers and teachers of young people who suffer  with anxiety and depression. This accessible guide provides practical solutions to the ways in which parents, carers and teachers can help. The book shows how parents and professionals can successfully collaborate to achieve positive outcomes.

The book uses anonymised case studies to explore a range of presentations of anxiety and depression and describes real-life supportive approaches to help assist recovery. The book also covers specific disorders including: phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic attacks, GAD, OCD, PTSD, school anxiety, low mood and clinical depression.



Parents and carers of children and young people living with anxiety and/or depression; teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, school senior management teams and other education professionals; support groups; youth workers, group leaders and others interested in the socio-emotional development of young people.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media

ISBN: 9781803880464

Publication Date: June 2022


Series Preface; About the Author; Author’s Preface; How to Use This Book

1. What are anxiety and depression?
2. Prevalence and provision
3. Causes and consequences
4. Identifying problems at home and in school; Ten key things to know about anxiety and depression
5. Where to begin
6. Talking about difficult feelings
7. Strategies for coping and general wellbeing
8. Physical wellbeing and self-care
9. Mental well-being and self-care
10. Challenging unhelpful thoughts
11. Recognising avoidant behaviours
12. The school environment and culture
13. In the classroom
14. Types of anxiety and when to seek help
15. Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
16. Panic attacks
17. Separation anxiety
18. Social anxiety
19. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
20. Specific phobias
21. School anxiety
22. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
23. OCD-related disorders
24. The teenage brain and mood difficulties
25. Depression and low mood
26. Specific strategies for depression
27. Summary
28. A last word to parents and carers
29. A last word to teachers and schools


Gerri Brady is an experienced psychological therapist who works with adults, children and young people and families at First Psychology Centre in Edinburgh. She has worked in a primary care adult mental health, university counselling and a specialist outreach team for schools. She is trained in CBT, Person-Centred Counselling, Trauma Focused CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. She is also qualified in Play Therapy, and she combines this with a Systemic approach for family therapy.

Geraldine works in an evidence-based way with clients with a wide range of difficulties including phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder, trauma, health anxiety, stress, OCD, GAD, mood issues, depression, anger, low self-esteem, insomnia, bereavement, relationship issues and problems of adjustment relating to life transitions. She is also experienced in working with families who are living with emotional and behavioural difficulties such as ADHD and autism.


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