A little nervousness is good, especially with unknown situations, such as a new school with new kids, new teachers, new subjects. But some of our kids experience a LOT of anxiety, so much so that one in four meet criteria for a doctor to diagnose them as having anxiety.
And, according to doctors quoted in the Washington Post , anxiety is underreported.
How can a parent tell if his, or her, child is anxious, rather than nervous? According to Mary Alvord, it's likely to be anxiety if the child's fears and actions get in the way; or if the parent is accommodating the child.
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Andrew recounts his interesting path from deep South chicken-farming family to Southern California researcher, therapist, and innovator. From "practice dating" and family systems, he's moved to couples' conflict and couples' intervention, studying the push-pull patterns and the roles the partners take. With the late Neil Jacobson, he developed Integrated Couple Behavior Therapy that focuses on understanding broad patterns, causal analysis, and behavioral change and, especially, emotional acceptance.
Shaq and Shark
CBT helped Shaq overcome his fear of sharks:
This article from The Inverse outlines Shaq's course of Exposure Therapy, and quotes ABCT member Mitchell Schare in describing how Exposure Therapy works to reduce fears. What a role model! Stories like this reduce mental health stigma.
Stress on the Rise
Based on what books are selling, this seems to be true, especially among people living in traditional "blue" states, and not so much in decidedly "red" states.
The Washington Post puts this in context in a fascinating article, and even provides some resources, including, drum roll please, us. A number of prominent psychologists are quoted, one each from a red, blue, and purple state.
For more on anxiety, see
or, for one of many books on the subject, see our recommendations at Self-Help Books
Anxiety in a Changing World
Teens are facing monumental changes in their world. More options, greater access to more things, and different social interactions. Good? Or Bad? Those changes, and the effects they're having on today's teens, are discussed by a number of prominent psychologists who specialize in helping children and teens.
Stephen Schueller, PhD University of California, Irvine
Julia Reynolds, MPsych Australian National University
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ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
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