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Guiding parents and teachers to navigate the challenges of Anxiety

Anxiety is thought to be the most common mental health or neurodevelopmental condition worldwide. Even outside of a global pandemic and other stress-inducing aspects of societal upheaval, the pace and expectations of modern society seem to be causing a steady rise in symptoms of anxiety across the globe. Parents are worried, teachers are stressed, and their students are getting increasingly more anxious. Anxiety can significantly (cont'd below)

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Leading Articles about Managing Anxiety

Stressed Out? 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Clear the Chaos

By Diane Dempster

Stress and parenting. It’s like peanut butter and jelly! Add ADHD, and you are all too familiar with those times…

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John Wilson

10 Easy Steps to a Tension-Less Home

By John Willson

Would you like your kids to be more responsible and make better choices? Would you like them to be less…

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kid being good

Catch ‘Em Being Good

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

You’ve probably heard that we want to praise our kids five times for every one time we correct or criticize…

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recognize and treat depression & anxiety disorder with adhd

Treating Depression & Anxiety Disorder in People with ADHD

By Michael Banov

Life with ADHD can be stressful. When there is stress, depression and anxiety may not be far behind. In fact:…

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Prevent Meltdowns with a Trigger Journal

By Diane Dempster

Meltdowns Aren’t Always Random One of the most important parts of helping our kids manage their emotional intensity is to…

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Children with ADHD

How to Handle an Epic Meltdown

By Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Keeping Your Cool Staying calm when our kids are not is an art. It’s not easy to resist jumping in…

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The Real Reason Parents are Stressed Out

By Diane Dempster

Emotions are a tricky thing. They can be beautiful, powerful … but not always rational. When they become intense or…

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The Role of Fear and Anxiety in ADHD

Interview with Tamara Rosier

  Do you ever wish you had someone in your life who was reliably calm and collected, a voice of…

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DBT differs from CBT

What is DBT and How Does It Differ from Other Treatment?

Interview with Kimberly Vay

Emotions are a tricky thing. They can be beautiful and powerful … but not always rational. When they become intense…

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(continued) impair a student’s availability to learning; its close companion, stress, can reduce the effectiveness of an adult’s communication. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder; the Anxiety and Depression Association of America puts the number for adults at 1 in 5.

Many strategies are offered to help children, teens and adults manage the symptoms of anxiety, including: medications, stress management training, meditation and mindfulness practices, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), some forms of coaching, sleep hygiene, and breathing techniques. New and promising CBD research is revealing potential options for support in addition to commonly prescribed medications. As with ADHD and many other conditions impacting children, when parents receive behavior management training, they are better able to create an environment that can effectively support their children and teens with anxiety.

Symptoms of anxiety vary. On one end of the spectrum, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is reflected in more than 3% of the population who tend to feel anxious most days and struggle to remember when they felt relaxed. Social anxiety is another form of anxiety that occurs specifically in certain social dynamics.

On the other end of the spectrum, anxiety is a symptom of other mental health conditions such as panic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety also commonly coexists in children and teens with other health and learning conditions such as ADHD, learning disabilities, autism and depression. Again, according to the NIH, between 2007 and 2012, anxiety disorders in children and teens went up 20%.