When a school-age child is suffering from separation anxiety disorder, the child has often expressed these fears to those closest to them, typically their parents or adults at school. In an effort to help the child, families and schools may inadvertently say or do things that worsen the child’s anxiety. While these behaviors may provide [Read more…]
On the first day (or even the first week) of school, it is expected that your child may seem a bit nervous or even tearful when walking through their new classroom door. Parents
and teachers easily chalk this up to the start of a new school year jitters and wait for the short adjustment period to pass. However, for some children, this anxiety does not seem to fade and may manifest in multiple areas of the child’s life, such as play dates, sleepovers, or [Read more…]
Meditation’s health benefits
Meditation and mindfulness practices have become more accepted in Western cultures since the late 1990’s. There are several reasons for this, including the research and writing of Jon Kabat-Zinn, a scientist who adapted a Southeast Asian Buddhist meditation practice for a Western audience. His work focuses on a meditation practice called mindfulness meditation. The initial focus in Kabat-Zinn’s research was on patients suffering from chronic pain. [Read more…]
The recent Senate hearings that led to the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh were both riveting and painful for many viewers. It’s difficult to recall another time when sexual assault and its effects played such a prominent role in our national conversation.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s description of her 1982 alleged sexual assault experience, and its decades-long aftermath, significantly impacted many survivors of sexual assault—especially those with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some even described the ubiquitous media coverage of the hearing and [Read more…]
The term “triggered” has gotten a mixed reputation in recent years as it has come to be associated with the efforts of many colleges and universities to protect students from upsetting content or ideas. This new meaning of the term started with the best of intentions. Professors covering material that could be upsetting for those with a history of trauma began to warn students beforehand; hence the term “trigger warning.” Gradually, the term’s use broadened as college communities increasingly used it to warn students about the use of anything that might conceivably be upsetting. (This was unfortunate, as ultimately it is impossible to protect all students from ever being upset by the material, perspectives, or ideas presented in class.) However, triggers are a serious problem for people who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event.[Read more…]