Many people are finding themselves transitioning to a new normal due to the coronavirus outbreak. This new normal may include working from home, cancelled events, and closed stores and restaurants. These sudden changes to our daily lives have left many feeling down or anxious. As you navigate this transition, consider the following recommendations for maintaining [Read more…]
Whether your kindergartners are being encouraged to wash their hands more frequently, your middle schooler is being sent home with extra homework to prepare for school closures, or your high schooler is googling and chatting with their friends, your child has inevitably heard about the novel coronavirus. While this is an uncertain and anxiety-provoking time for everyone, it can be especially frightening for children and teens who may have limited access to reliable information. They may feel [Read more…]
What is cognitive processing therapy?
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed by psychologists in the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was specifically designed to help people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which may arise after someone experiences a traumatic event. PTSD can include symptoms such as [Read more…]
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…]