7 Things that Make Anxiety Attacks Worse in Teens

Anxiety is normal in all of us, even our teenagers.  However, for some people, anxiety can become overwhelming, all-encompassing, and debilitating.  When anxiety shifts from normal day to day worries to something more, an anxiety disorder may be to blame.  For parents of teenagers with anxiety disorders, it can be as important to understand what… Continue reading 7 Things that Make Anxiety Attacks Worse in Teens

What Parents Need to Know About Panic Disorder

Overview Panic is something we all experience.  Someone cuts us off in traffic.  We see our toddler start to trip and fall.  The phone rings in the middle of the night.  Panic is the intense and immediate fear of some imminent danger.  People with Panic Disorder experience this type of intense fear at times when… Continue reading What Parents Need to Know About Panic Disorder

The Real Truth About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Life provides ample opportunity to worry.  From natural disasters to job losses, there are many legitimate things for adults to worry about and we all do it, even our kids.  While their worries may be different than ours, they are just as real and just as valid.  But for both adults and teens, worry sometimes… Continue reading The Real Truth About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

What is PTSD?

There has been a lot of press in recent years about the many post-9/11 veterans coming home with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  What many people don’t realize is that you don’t have to survive a war to be affected by this condition.  Anyone, including children and teenagers, who experiences a traumatic event can… Continue reading What is PTSD?

When Shyness Crosses into Social Phobia

Everyone experiences moments when they are shy or self-conscious about meeting new people or participating in big groups.  Many children and teenagers have bouts of anxiety about being in front of others, joining new groups, or being around people they don’t know.  This kind of shyness is completely normal.  But a racing heart and stomach… Continue reading When Shyness Crosses into Social Phobia

Physical Fitness and Your Mental Health

May is National Physical Fitness Month (NPFM) which provides us with a great opportunity to talk about how physical activity, healthy eating habits, and mental health are connected.   The purpose of NPFM is to encourage all Americans to pursue a life filled with physical activity and proper nutrition in order to live healthy lives. Physical… Continue reading Physical Fitness and Your Mental Health

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Teens

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, used to be something associated only with war veterans and abuse survivors but it can affect anyone who experiences a traumatic event.  Even though teens and adolescents may show different symptoms than adults , they can suffer from the same disorder and usually require treatment to overcome the challenges… Continue reading Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Teens

Social Phobias: What Parents Need to Know

Overview It isn’t uncommon for children and teens to be anxious about social situations and interactions as they move through the different stages from child to adult.  Given that their bodies are constantly changing, the hormonal effects of puberty, and the rapid succession of milestones these adolescents are going through, it is no wonder that… Continue reading Social Phobias: What Parents Need to Know

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

Overview Everyone worries about things, even children and teenagers.  Whether the worry is over the upcoming history test, getting a date to the prom, or making the soccer team, anxiety is a normal part of everyday life.  However, in some people, normal everyday worries can become excessive and everyday things can cause severe anxiety.  This… Continue reading Generalized Anxiety Disorder: What Parents Need to Know

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