Articles containing: anxiety

Living in Fear of Criticism and Humiliation: The Problem of Social Anxiety Disorder

Most kids and young adults look forward to going back to school. But for those with social anxiety, school and all that comes with it can literally provoke dread.

I’m going to show you what I mean. Let’s consider Sally.

Sally is a sweet, sensitive, likeable 16-year-old girl.

What Is An Adjustment Disorder?

October 26, 2017

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My friend Samantha called me in a panic.  Her 8-year-old daughter, Lindsey, was struggling with the fact that her parents were getting divorced.  There had been a lot of conflict in the marriage.  Samantha’s ex-husband was an alcoholic and, though he was receiving treatment, he had been frequently unemployed.

Talking To Kids About Disasters (The Weather Channel)

Over the past month, the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has topped the headlines and media outlets. The earthquake in Mexico has shocked the world. These events have shaken countless individuals, families, and communities, including our children.

Back to School: A Joy for Many, A Nightmare for Some

September 8, 2017

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Most school age kids are eager to head back to school. Sure, they’ll miss their summer vacation, but the prospect of moving up a grade, seeing friends again, and even having a new teacher is really exciting.

Yet, for a few kids and their parents it’s kind of a nightmare.

Here are a few stories from years of experience.

How To Tell If Your Child Is Stressed This Summer

Summertime…and the kids are stressed out.

That’s not exactly the song that most of us might remember as we welcome the seemingly carefree days of summer vacation. Still, summer can be surprisingly stressful for children and adolescents.

An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

January 10, 2017

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

How To Help Kids With Post-Election Anxiety

Elections are, above all, political moments; but, each one offers parenting moments as well. That is certainly the case with this one. Last Wednesday, one Boston-area mother told our friend Carey Goldberg, the co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog: “My son has been very worried about Donald Trump, who he calls ‘the bully.

Helping Kids Through New School Year Transitions

September 13, 2016

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Starting a new school year is often filled with anxiety for both parents and kids. Kids who are starting a new school, either because they are moving from middle school to high school, or are moving to a new neighborhood, have the biggest adjustment, but even those who are just moving to a new grade have adjustments to make.

Spring Suicide: An (Un)Likely Combination?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

So, we all know that suicide attempts, suicidal thinking and even the tragedy of dying by suicide increase around the winter holidays.

I mean, that’s, like, a given.

Talking To Children About A Sibling’s Mental Illness – 8 Tips for Parents

April 7, 2016

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It seemed like just another Wednesday evening. After the routine disagreements and struggles over homework, everyone sat down together to eat dinner and talk about their day. Afterwards, the twins (a boy and girl, age 9) settled in for a game of Uno while their 14-year-old sister went upstairs to finish her homework.