Nature and Anxiety Series: How Connecting with Nature Improves Mental Health

How much time does your child spend outside on any given day? How much of this is unstructured time when they are free to explore the world around them? Research shows that providing plenty of unstructured time for your child to be surrounded by nature is a wonderful way to treat childhood anxiety and depression.

Child Anxiety Treatment Study: Therapy Plus Zoloft Best

In the treatment of child anxiety disorders, combining the medication Zoloft with Cognitive Behavior Therapy was found by researchers to be the most effective. Neither treatment on its own was effective as both treatments put together. Many children with anxiety disorders only receive one treatment as intervention, so these researchers hope to encourage clinicians to use this dual-treatment approach.

Helicopter Parenting Leads to Anxiety

Children with parents who cater to their every need, even when they are capable of doing things for themselves, are more likely to develop an anxiety disorder later in life. Finding a balance with parenting takes practice and doesn't happen overnight. Children need emotionally available parents that they can count on for support, but they also need room to grow, explore the world, learn from their mistakes, and build confidence.

Estrogen and It’s Role When it Comes to Anxiety

Why are women more susceptible to anxiety disorders? A new study has revealed that estrogen levels greatly impact how a woman (or female adolescent with anxiety) copes with stress. High estrogen levels are shown to help calm and regulate a woman's anxiety while low levels of estrogen are shown to be related to heightened anxiety.

Reasons to Teach Kids Positive Psychology

What benefits could positive psychology provide for a child with anxiety? The answer to this is different for every child, but the following article points to 7 different reasons for teaching a child how to use positive psychology in their everyday lives (such as a developed sense of control and increased positivity).

Innovative New Therapy Developed For Treating Children With Anxiety And Depression

Researchers have found a new therapy that's effective in treating children with both an anxiety disorder and depression. This new therapy, called Emotional Detectives Treatment Protocol, was studied by the University of Miami's Department of Psychology. EDTP is an innovative group-based approach to treating anxiety and depression in children.

Snoring Linked to Depression and Hyperactivity

Snoring may be a sign that behavior problems will soon follow. Research is showing that toddlers who snore are more likely to have behavior problems and childhood anxiety and depression. The study consisted of 249 children. Doctors believe that this correlation might be related to snoring children receiving a decreased supply of oxygen to the brain.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Can Help Kids With Anxiety, Depression

Children coping with anxiety disorders and depression find that animals can help them with their difficult emotions. Animal-assisted therapy sessions and even living with a family pet can calm them and give them uncomplicated, unconditional love. Scientists have discovered that animals help calm people of all ages.

I’m Bored…Why Boredom is Important to Your Child’s Development

No one likes the feeling of being bored, but the opportunity to experience boredom is essential to a child's development (especially a child with anxiety). When children's schedules are so full that they never have time to themselves, or they spend their down time watching television or video games, their creativity and problem solving capabilities can suffer the consequences.

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!