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March Snapshot: Teens Rank Anxiety And Depression As Major Problems Among Their Peers

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Focus on your children and what activities are most important to them.

The Pew Research Center reports that seven out of ten US teenagers report anxiety and depression as major problems among their peers.  Teens cite concerns about mental health more often than bullying, drug addiction or alcohol abuse.  They also say that the number one pressure they face is trying to get good grades.  Yes, there’s pressure to look good, to be a good athlete, and to fit in, but the pressure to perform…

Helping High School Students Manage Anxiety

Anxiety continues to rise among both high school and college students. A study of adolescents that has been conducted since 1938 finds there are five times as many teens with anxiety as those the same age who were studied during the Great Depression—an era when families struggled to put food on the table. In a time of relative affluence and high standards of living, what is going on and what can be done about it?

The reasons are complex, but researchers believe that factors such as…

Girls and Social Media: Cautions

Back in 1994 a girl might finish her homework and then pull out her diary, unlock it and begin to write about her day, the boys she has a crush on and her friends. According to Psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax, the act of writing allowed her to figure out, “Who Am I?” She was doing important reflective work with pen and paper and it was private. No one else would see it.

Contrast that scenario with the experience of girls today. In any gathering of girls, it would be challenging to find one who…

Raising Our Kids to Be Emotionally 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, optimism and intrinsic motivation—that parents can teach their children as a recipe…

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 process can induce anxiety in both children and their parents.

We as …

How To Get Your Kids To Talk With You

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 to talk with your teen is while riding in the car together.

Parenting Educator Rosalind Wiseman disagrees.…

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