4 min read • The world is a scary place. Every day we see stories on the news about natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other tragedies. It's no wonder that children today are feeling more stressed and anxious than ever before. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 kids aged 3-17 have a mental health disorder. The daily pressures of modern life are tough on many kids. They may feel anxious about school, friends or family issues. Or they may be grieving the loss of a loved one. Anxiety and stress can manifest in many different ways. Some children may become withdrawn and stop participating in activities they used to enjoy. Others may have trouble sleeping or eating. And still others may act out in aggressive or disruptive ways. It's important to help kids manage these feelings, as they can lead to serious problems if left unchecked. In most cases, these are normal reactions to abnormal or unusual situations. If your child is having difficulty coping, there are some things you can do to help them.