| Posted On Jan 30, 2020 | By:

How to Help Kids Manage Anxiety

One of the most gratifying parts of my job is working with children and families to navigate the challenges of growing up in our modern world. This is never more true than when it comes to managing anxiety and stress. For parents, it’s really important to know that every child can be anxious from time to time, and it’s a very natural and normal part of growing up. At each age and stage of development,

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| Posted On May 29, 2018 | By:

Treating Anxiety and Depression

I’d like to talk about a topic that is near and dear to my heart: treating anxiety and depression. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 16 million American adults — almost 7% of the population — had at least one major depressive episode in the past year and an estimated 40 million adults in the U.S. (18%) have an anxiety disorder.

Depression

We may all feel down from time to time,

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2014 | By:

Anxiety in Overdrive

If a world existed where we all happily chilled on a beach day in and day out, we would probably never feel anxious, but we would also never get anything done. The reality is that many of us have a lot to do each day, and a little anxiety can sometimes motivate us to get it done.

However, there is a fine line between anxiety pushing you to meet or exceed the demands on your plate and being so anxious about them that you cannot work efficiently,

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| Posted On Oct 25, 2013 | By:

Calming a Child’s Fear about Visiting the Doctor

At one point or another – maybe at the age of two or five or even older – many children get scared to go for a visit to their pediatrician.  There’s lots of reasons for their anxiety, and many of them come from not knowing what to expect:  what will they see when they look in my ears?  will it hurt when they tighten that band around my arm?  and what about shots (okay,

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| Posted On Oct 13, 2011 | By:

Making Peace with Anxiety

Anxiety has a bad reputation. Many of us fear it and take steps to avoid the dreaded sensations that generally accompany it: increased heart rate, sweating, upset stomach, dizziness, and nervousness, all of which lead to a general sense of discomfort. If these symptoms persist for at least six months with feelings of worry and apprehension almost every day, this can be a more serious level of anxiety and is often diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.

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| Posted On Aug 19, 2011 | By:

Tips for Getting Ready for the School Year


As September approaches, it’s time to sharpen pencils, buy new binders, and get ready to go back to school.  At this time of year, too, parents start to wonder about how to smooth the transition from summer to school for their  children.  Whether your child is entering a new classroom or starting an entirely new school, here are some ways to support your child’s  back-to-school adjustment:

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| Posted On Apr 19, 2011 | By:

“Race to Nowhere” and The Great Homework Debate

There is a movie being shown under the sponsorship of school parent groups in the suburbs of Boston called Race to Nowhere.   It is about teenagers, but not the teenagers I assumed it was about. When I initially heard the title, I thought it was about the teenagers racing to precociously initiate adult “activities” such as sex, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, etc.  These are the risky behaviors I counsel younger and younger teens about every day in my office.

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