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Anxiety

When anxiety crosses the threshold from "productive" (being worried about a test encourages you to study) to "unproductive" (unnecessary worry stops you from attending school), it's time to look at treatment options. Explore our library of articles and resources for helping your daughter healthily cope with anxiety.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: It’s all Anxiety

It’s not uncommon for me to be in a meeting with a new family and hear the phrase: “our daughter doesn’t have an Anxiety Disorder, she has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.”  What a lot of people don’t understand is that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered an Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as Obsessions (persistent, frequent,…

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Anxiety in Teens

The Shock of Puberty One of the most anxiety-provoking times of life for children and their parents occurs when the child reaches puberty. Puberty is a confusing hormonal, neurological, and social event in which life is turned upside down and everything, it seems, changes all at once. During puberty, teenagers have the daunting task of separating…

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Hope Beyond Anxiety

Hope Beyond Anxiety

Nevin G. Alderman, MA, CMHC – New Haven Residential Treatment Center; Clinical Director What is anxiety? Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms faced by teens today. Anxiety can be defined as a debilitating preoccupation of thought and emotion that prevents an individual from attaining life goals and realizing one’s potential. Common emotional experiences…

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Understanding OCD in Teenage Girls

Understanding OCD in Teenage Girls

Understanding OCD is hard for those of us without clinical anxiety.  To help you understand what it’s like to have OCD, reflect back on the childhood rhyme, “If you step on a crack, then you’ll break your mother’s back”.  How many of us twisted, teetered, and contorted as we hop-stepped along the sidewalk as kids;…

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Anxiety: My Experience Working with Teenage Girls

“I can’t go to school today.” “I’m not getting out of bed.” “I’d rather just read a book and be left alone” “I don’t want to talk about it.” “I can’t handle this.” “I’m so scared.” “I don’t know how to talk to people.” “I feel so alone.” Working in residential treatment since 2008, I…

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Dealing With Anxiety: When We Cannot Protect Our Children…

News of mass violence leaves most of us feeling grieved, angry, and baffled. But the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, was especially stunning.  The killings took place in a quiet, close knit, “safe,” virtually crime-free community.  The school had just implemented new security measures designed to protect students by keeping…

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Stressed-out Teen? Talk to Spot!

While most pet dogs have just a few stress triggers that come and go with just enough frequency to make their day interesting, their unfortunate owners have created a world of constant stress. For teens in particular—who are emotionally charged to begin with and haven’t yet learned to cope with adult stressors—there’s an almost never ending list of stress triggers constantly circling, threatening, taunting. Tests, gossip, competitions, pimples, mean girls, family stress, a learning disability, an over-scheduled life…teens have a lot to deal with.

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