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Archives for December, 2011

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Post Holiday Angst and Anxiety


Some of the holidays are past and others will soon be over. I find that many people dread the holidays.

There are expectations heaped on about family, friends, good will, and a meal shared with loved ones together in a cozy atmosphere. The holidays don't change things; the holidays amplify things.

If we are in a close family unit then holidays will magnify this and make the experience even better. Many people don't live...
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Anxiety, Children, and Making Assumptions

The child who is experiencing anxiety may develop overanxious disorder of childhood. Childhood includes adolescence.

Anxiety feels bad. Adolescents worry more than parents realize. They may act indifferent, bold, or even brazen. They can be caustic with words and insulting in their attitude. Sometimes adults make assumptions that certain behaviors mean certain things. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.

I work with many teenagers. It is one of my favorite populations....
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The Overanxious Child and Modes of Adaptation


An overly anxious child is not necessarily doomed to an existence of dread, anticipatory anxiety and fear, or worse things emotionally down the road. A wonderful defense in life against things that feel bad ( anxiety) and our thoughts about what we might like to do about those feelings is sublimation. Some other defenses are repression, displacement, denial, intellectualization, reaction formation, and...
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Children and Anxiety


 

Sometimes clients say to me, "What do children have to feel anxious about? After all, they don't have to worry about bills, foreclosures, or employment."

Children are sensitive people. It may not show on the outside, but there are many feelings going on in that young person. Children are often the center of the universe. This is normal and expected. Children of a young age are egocentric. The world revolves around them until...
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