As child psychiatrists, we prescribe medications. As medicines go, perhaps none are more controversial than the use of second generation antipsychotics. For at least the last 15 years, concerns about these particular medications have characterized a good part of any discourse I’ve had with parents in the office or on the lecture circuit.
“Should I use the word anxious or depressed?”
“Should I talk about it at all with my daughter?”
“What should I say to my teenage son?”
“How can I even bring it up?”
These are just a few of the questions parents ask when their child is given a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.
As a child psychiatrist who’s seen patients in many different settings, including doing psychotherapy and managing medications, I’ve found that talking about anxiety with kids and adults alike is hard to do in a way that helps them understand what anxiety is, while preparing and motivating them for what can be a difficult treatment journey.
La ansiedad es la forma en que los humanos hemos evolucionado para protegernos.
En situaciones amenazadoras, nuestros cerebros desencadenan una serie de respuestas que resultan en una elevación del ritmo cardíaco, sudoración, temblores, hiperventilación y miedo intenso, todo con el propósito de prepararnos para el peligro.
Many kids are becoming more worried about climate change. Frightening predictions about the future and political inaction can make them feel that the crisis is out of their control. How can parents help their kids cope with anxiety around climate change?
On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr.
Despite our growing awareness of mental health conditions, the relationship between creativity and mental illness is often misunderstood. In this short film, Dr.
Most of us, young and old, were stunned by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant along with his daughter. Whether you are a Laker’s fan or not, Kobe represented something more, including for young people.
Tom Brady said it this way in a Twitter statement:
“And in this tragedy, I have learned so much.
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Anxiety is a way we humans have evolved to protect ourselves.
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The outbreak of the COVID-19 has created anxiety and uncertainty for all of us, including children and teens.
Peers can be an excellent source of social support, and it’s great that more young people today talk to friends about their emotional challenges. But for every teen who shares, there’s another teen absorbing the info like an emotional sponge.