Anxiety
Helping children feel secure in tumultuous times
03-07   Helping children feel secure in tumultuous times

“Mass gun shootings. Looming nuclear war. Fear of terrorist attacks. Global warming. Humanitarian crises and refugees. Volatile political climate in the United States and globally.” In these tumultuous times characterized by an endless stream of negative news, children and adolescents are among the worst affected individuals. The overexposure to tragic or disturbing national and global […]

Colleges going the extra mile to help students overcome anxiety, depression
01-10   Colleges going the extra mile to help students overcome anxiety, depression
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Over the last decade, anxiety has become the most prominent mental health concern among American college students. Every year, colleges are registering an increasing number of student requests to visit on-campus counseling centers. In institutions like the Ohio State University (OSU), general appointments for counseling increased from 20,000 in the 2011-12 academic year to 36,000 […]

Combination of medicine and therapy more effective for children with severe anxiety, finds study
10-23   Combination of medicine and therapy more effective for children with severe anxiety, finds study

Anxiety is a common problem among children and teens in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), roughly 25 percent of American teens aged 13-18 years suffer from anxiety disorders in their lifetime. Physicians usually prescribe medicines or therapies to help teens and children get rid of anxiety symptoms. Though […]

Parents’ support and guidance can help ward off teen anxiety
10-11   Parents’ support and guidance can help ward off teen anxiety
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Nancy (name changed) felt her life going apart as she saw her teenaged daughter battling pangs of anxiety. Seventeen-year-old Chloe was diagnosed with the disorder when she was barely 15. Nancy explained to her friend how Chloe’s tendency of remaining distracted and tense compelled her to take her daughter to a psychologist. While answering the […]

Accepting change as a social norm helps teens rid of anxiety
10-10   Accepting change as a social norm helps teens rid of anxiety
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Experts associate adolescence with vulnerability. The way teens perceive risks is very different from how adults view their experiences. Medical practitioners assert how a teen’s brain goes through various changes. Teenagers often find it difficult to face myriad challenges owing to the changes in their brain and body. This is a phase when they get […]

Cognitive empathy may help bridge gap between anxious kids and their parents
05-18   Cognitive empathy may help bridge gap between anxious kids and their parents

Adolescence is marked by occasional outbursts of emotional angst coupled with stress. Clinicians attribute such sudden behavioral changes to rapid brain development in teenagers and adolescents. However, building up of the pressure due to social and academic challenges can also cause erratic behavior among them. The most demanding experiences may include relationship management, enduring the […]

The effect of the heart on the brain
06-10   The effect of the heart on the brain

Stop what you’re doing right now. Can you feel your heart beating without putting your hand on your chest? You probably can’t. Don’t be alarmed, that’s perfectly normal: Most people can’t normally feel their heartbeat. Why is that? A research team from the Center for Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in […]

New study finds a genetic component to anxiety
05-10   New study finds a genetic component to anxiety

Teens are often anxious, and it’s no wonder. The teenage years are a time of massive changes. High school brings new friends, a new social minefield to navigate and a host of new expectations and responsibilities. Everything is in flux, including their bodies. Maybe this is why the National Institute of Mental Health reports 25 […]

Picky eating linked to parental anxiety, depression
04-28   Picky eating linked to parental anxiety, depression

Almost all parents have to deal with their children who don’t want to eat dinner because they don’t like the broccoli, or the peas or the flavor of the sauce. It is not uncommon for children to cross their arms, curl their lower lip and say, “no,” to foods that they don’t find appetizing. Parents […]

Depression: A teenage mental health crisis
04-06   Depression: A teenage mental health crisis

Teenage drinking is down, as are teenage pregnancies. But teenage depression is up, as are suicides. For those 10 to 24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death. These frightening statistics show how adolescent angst, depression and the internet can be nefarious things. The state of teenage mental health The Independent ran […]

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