Anxiety is different for kids

You know how to do CPR and have a fully stocked first aid kit. At home and in the car. But it’s not enough. Today’s parents need to know how to deal with their kids’ mental health as well as their fevers and grazed knees. According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, around a third of adolescents have an anxiety disorder, which can come in various guises (including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and separation anxiety disorder) and is characterized by excessive anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. In the midst of what’s arguably one of the biggest public health challenges of all time, we’re all… Read More

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January is the month of body shaming. I’m tuning out.

I used to make New Year’s resolutions. Well, one resolution specifically. For most of my adult life, I’ve been unhappy with the size of my body, and disappointed by the numbers on my bathroom scale. So every year, I would vow to myself come January 1st that this would be the year. The year I lost the weight, and kept it off. If American news media is to be believed, I’m firmly in the majority. On lists of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, “lose weight” is almost always at or near the top. And it often shares space with its cousins, like “get in shape” and “eat healthier,” which… Read More

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