Articles containing: fear

Another Shooting – An Important Moment to Comfort and Talk With Our Kids

February 8, 2019

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Perhaps the hardest, certainly the saddest, and without question the most frustrating thing about sharing this blog post is that we have shared it now again and again over the past few years. Please do not allow the frequency of events like today’s awful news to ever seem routine.

How Scary Is Too Scary?

October 18, 2018

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

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween as a child:

I’m 8 years old.

How to Talk to Your Little Ones About Terrorism

After September 11, 2001, lots of little kids across the nation asked some variation of the same question:

“Mommy, why did the bad guys attack us?”

Kids tend to look for patterns, especially when they’re frightened, so some kids likely took this inquiry even a step further:

“Daddy, why do the bad guys hate us?”

What If My Child Has an Anxiety Disorder?

August 3, 2018

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Seth just started driving, and he’s actually doing pretty well.  The written test was a breeze, and on the streets around his house he’s relatively comfortable.  He even volunteered to drive his little sister to the mall.  His parents, while suffering a bit of the normal worries that any parent of a new driver would have, are delighted.

Why Activism Is Good For Teens — And The Country

February 24, 2018

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When I was a ninth grader in 1964, I was suspended from school for selling peace buttons for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

I was a tad anxious about how my mom would react, but when I came home that morning, she was beaming.

Preventing School Shootings: Playing the Mental Health Card is Off the Mark

February 19, 2018

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We were all shaken, once again, by the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts go out to the friends, family, teachers and community of those innocent lives lost.

The question we’re all desperately asking, now, is how to prevent future school shootings, and how to prevent what can be viewed as nothing short of pathological normalcy.

There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018

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Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

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.

Helping Your Kids Following Yet Another Terrorist Attack

In light of today’s attack in Brussels, Belgium, we are re-posting this blog we wrote last November (just five months ago) in response to the tragedy that befell Paris. Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this most recent nonsensical act of violence.

Specific Phobias

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music written and performed by Jay Himmelstein, MD and David Kaye, MD. Dr. Himmelstein is professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Dr. Kaye is professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo.