Fear or Phobia?

Kristen Davis, Psychologist, explains how to tell the difference between a normal childhood fear and a phobia. A phobia can greatly affect your child's level of happiness and their ability to enjoy daily activities. If your child is showing signs of a phobia, early recognition can be extremely important for recovery.

Like Mother Like Daughter

As a parent who sometimes experiences anxiety, you might notice that some of your fears and anxieties are unintentionally passed on to your children. In the following article, one mother talks about her daughter's irrational fear of drowning and how it is remarkably similar to the anxiety that she experienced as a child.

Recognizing School Phobia

If your child has demonstrated any of the following symptoms for at least 6 months they may be experiencing school phobia: sweating, muscle tension, sleep disruptions, or negative behavior. If you suspect school phobia, read this article to learn more about the symptoms as well as what treatment options are available.

Heavy Marijuana Use During Teenage Years is Tied to Anxiety

A new study found that marijuana use on a regular basis during the teenage years has been tied to an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as an adult. The 2000 participants in the study were interviewed frequently during a 13-year period. Read more about this landmark study here!

Overcoming Math Anxiety – Tips And Advice

Children and adults both can suffer from math anxiety. It can make a child's life very difficult in school. Learning tips and tricks to cope with this anxiety can help them learn to work through the anxiety and even learn to enjoy math. Math doesn't need to be scary.

Common Food Sensitivities and How They Impact Childhood Anxiety

Do you feel like you have tried everything and still can't figure out how to help your child with anxiety? The answer may be in your child's diet. Undiagnosed food allergies and sensitivities are thought to be increasing in numbers, and anxiety and depression sit at the top of the list of symptoms.

Family Therapy – A Dynamic Approach

Family therapy is one tool used in the treatment of child anxiety disorders. Families are the most important people in a child's life, and they can provide a huge support to any child struggling with a mental illness. A therapist can discover if a family's dynamic is functional or not and help the family cope with the child's illness.

How Untreated Teenage Anxiety Can Lead to Drug Addiction

Do you think that your anxious teenager may be turning to drugs, or considering turning to drugs, to relieve some of their seemingly uncontrollable anxiety? If so, you may want to read this article that addresses how teenage anxiety can lead to drug use, and what can be done by friends and family.

The Power of Empathy

What does it take to be a truly empathetic parent? How can empathy impact your relationship with your child and your child's anxiety level? For the answer to these and other questions check out this article that describes how empathy can greatly impact the happiness of a child with anxiety.

How Bullying Affects Mental Health in Children, Teens

Bullying is not a new problem, but we now know how harmful it can be to the self-esteem of a child or teenager. For many kids, school and the Internet have become sources of fear and humiliation. It isn't fair to expect a child or a teen to handle excessive bullying on his or her own. Read how being bullied can have long-lasting effects.