November Snapshot: Escalating Anxiety among High School and College Students

The New York Times reports on the prevalence of anxiety among our youth with some very concerning stories and statistics. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental-health disorder in the United States, affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults. Anxiety can have a serious negative impact on a young adult’s health and the college admissions ...

Raising Our Kids to Be Healthy Adults

As a high school student in the USA today there is a lot of pressure to be number one—the best student, the most talented athlete, an amazing musician. Aside from the obvious pressure this puts on a child, the problem is that being number one does not predict happiness and success. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist and author, discusses the attitudes that are predictors for success—confidence, grit, ...

Feeling Lonely? Five Tips for College Freshmen

As a college freshman, you probably just finished a whirlwind of orientation activities, settled into your room and perhaps attended a few classes or drifted to a party with the other students on your hall. You have probably met lots of nice people—but it may not feel the same as it does with your high school friends— maybe it’s not even close. Here are a few points to keep in mind:Give it Time. ...

How To Get Your Kids To Talk With You

Joan Casey Jack is standing by the curb. As he sees his mother’s car pull up, he heaves his stuffed navy backpack over his shoulder, grabs his lacrosse stick and nods a goodbye to his teammates. Jumping in the back seat (his younger sister is in front), he braces for the inevitable onslaught of questions. Like many parents, Jack’s mother has read many articles citing research that the best time ...
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