Book Review: Anxiety Relief for Kids

Many parents look for books that offer guidance and understanding about psychological problems their children may be experiencing. Mental health professionals also frequently recommend such books to families receiving counseling and other therapeutic services. Unfortunately, parent-advice books are often poor quality, difficult to understand, and not informed by contemporary evidence-based practices. I am happy to say that Anxiety Relief for Kids is not one of those books. Rather, it is an exceptionally well written and practical resource that actually does what its title says. Author Bridget Flynn Walker is a psychologist in private practice serving persons of all ages who have anxiety disorders. She also has extensive experience with families seeking help for their children. A cognitive-behavior therapist, Walker displays solid CBT expertise throughout the book by translating decades of clinical research into strategies that parents can apply efficiently and effectively. The book has 12 chapters presented in about 200 text pages, a manageable read for busy families. Walker advises parents to read the chapters in sequential order and to complete the entire book before sharing it with their children. Following her suggestion is a good idea because each chapter builds on knowledge acquired from the preceding chapters. Furthermore, there are numerous exercises in the chapters that enable parents to practice methods and techniques before implementing them. Early chapters in the ...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Anxiety Book Reviews Children and Teens Family Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Panic Disorder Parenting Self-Help Social Phobia Source Type: news

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A highly effective psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on how our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can affect our feelings and behavior. Traditional CBT treatment usually requires weekly 30- to 60-minute sessions over 12 to 20 weeks. A faster option now emerging is intensive CBT (I-CBT), which employs much longer sessions concentrated into a month, week, or weekend — or sometimes a single eight-hour session. CBT helps people learn tools to reframe different types of thinking, such as black-and-white thinking (I can’t do anything right) and emotional reasoning (I feel you dislike me, ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Adolescent health Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Mental Health Parenting Source Type: blogs
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a complex condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It is a broad term in itself and can look different on everybody. It is literally defined as: “a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.” Often times, anxiety and addiction can also go hand-in-hand. Much like anxiety, panic attacks can be completely different for everybody who experiences them. You may experience all symptoms, or only some. Some symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks may include: Rapid he...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Source Type: blogs
Anxiety disorders in the peripartum period are common and frequently overlooked. They can present de novo or as exacerbations of generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Calculating a score on the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale is a useful method of screening for these disorders while also screening for perinatal depression. Treatment includes psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy, and antidepressants, the choice of which should be balanced between the severity of symptoms and impact of functioning, ri...
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
As an advocate for OCD awareness, I get lots of emails from people. One of the most frequent questions I receive is some form of “How can I get rid of this terrible anxiety that is ruining my life?” While I’m not a therapist, I have learned a lot in the eleven years since my son was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and one thing I know for sure is that is not the question any of us should be asking. The reason? Well, for one thing, a life without anxiety is not only an unattainable goal but an unhealthy one. Anxiety serves a purpose and a few of the ways it can benefit us include: Our bodies...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Self-Help Source Type: blogs
ConclusionIn this paper, we observed increased serum levels of GDNF in individuals with anxiety disorders, suggesting that this biomarker can be used as a putative marker for AD's. The knowledge of the physiological changes related to anxiety disorders can provide a better understanding of AD's pathogenesis, as well as, mechanisms involved in the progression of this condition.
Source: Clinica Chimica Acta - Category: Laboratory Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: In this paper, we observed increased serum levels of GDNF in individuals with anxiety disorders, suggesting that this biomarker can be used as a putative marker for AD's. The knowledge of the physiological changes related to anxiety disorders can provide a better understanding of AD's pathogenesis, as well as, mechanisms involved in the progression of this condition. PMID: 29906418 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: International Journal of Clinical Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Clin Chim Acta Source Type: research
Conclusions Our results raise concerns regarding generic terminologies of “antipsychotics” and “antidepressants” since the conventional indication-based nomenclature does not fit well with the official indication. [...] © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text
Source: Pharmacopsychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
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Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Current Issue Drug Development Original Research binge eating disorder disability functionality lisdexamfetamine dimesylate Sheehan Disability Scale Source Type: research
Patients with mild general anxiety disorder (GAD) or panic disorder (PD) may be less likely to benefit from antidepressants than patients with severe cases of these disorders, suggests ameta-analysis inDepression and Anxiety.While previous studies have suggested that the benefits of antidepressants are smaller in patients with mild versus severe symptoms of depression, few have examined how symptom severity might influence other conditions for which antidepressants are prescribed.Ymkje Anna de Vries, Ph.D., and colleagues of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, combined patient data from randomized, controlled tri...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: antidepressants Depression and Anxiety duloxetine fluoxetine general anxiety disorder meta-analysis panic disorder paroxetine Ymkje Anna de Vries Source Type: research
Common mental disorders including depression, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affect approximately 8% of the world population (WHO, 2017). Historically, emphasis of burden has been placed on severe, organic mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In parallel to these types of neurological-based, chronic mental diseases, mental conditions considered to be more common in the community, while not typically considered 'severe', are by no means 'mild' (Goldberg, 1994).
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Research paper Source Type: research
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