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Counseling Anxiety Child and Teen Phoenix, Scottsdale , Cave Creek Arizona

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Anxiety and stress can be simple and it can be complex. Research at Stanford state deep breathing triggers neurons in the brain which tell the body it is time to relax. There are 175 neurons which tell the brain whats going on and the neurons link breathing to : relaxation, attention and excitement and anxiety located deep in the brain stem. There are many methods to assits with anxiety and stress reduction some are : CBT, DBT, Visual Behavioral methods, and more. Many children and teens have anxiety that is not diagnosed.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

 

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some tools include: Cognitive behavioral therapy, Visual behavioral tools, Deep breathing, DBT and more.

Child and teenage Anxiety often manifests as a physical symptom like pain, fatigue, or inability to sleep. 30 percent of patients seen by primary care practitioners have at least one ANXIETY disorder.

Having a children follow healthy lifestyle behaviors may be an effective intervention either alongside or in the place of traditional ADHD medications.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with children and teens . Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has over 15 years experience working with families and youth treating anxiety disorders. Lifeworksaz.com has testimonials and more information.

Receiving input form parents on daily and weekly behaviors and working together to modify unhealthy habits and routines as well as setting up a system that is reward based for positive behaviors is vital in creating balance and success for your Child and Teen. Lifeworksaz.com works with your child as well as with parents to create a system of change and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC Counseling anxiety can be reached at his web site phone number or email from his web site at Lifeworksaz.com

Counseling Child Anxiety, Stress: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Arizona

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Parents can recoginize anxious symptoms: repetitive worrying, change in appetite, difficulty with sleep, rapid speech that is unfocused, rapid breathing, panic irritability. There are many tips parents can learn to help your child stay calm and tranquil and help manage stress and anxiety. Parents can work with a therapist or counselor helping a child cope as well as exploring the roots of the anxiety and inner conflicts.

Many children report high levels of anxiety at school. Children as young as five self harm due to anxiety and stress related to school and academics. Many children do not know how to express their feelings and emotions end up turning into aggression, sadness, anger, tantrums, crying etc. It is vital to teach children to express emotions at a young age before it oozes into an imbalance.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

 

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

Many adolescent teens are feeling worthless, unhappy, inability to focus or concentrate.

Teens are reporting more problems sleeping and are not receiving adequate sleep.

Children and teens are slow to talk about their distress to parents and parents tend to be slow to respond once finding out their child or teen is suffering.

Parents are not to blame for a child’s mental health issues. Children can have excellent parenting and still suffer from mental health issues.

In colleges and universities throughout the United States the following research was done and this was the mental health results :

The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at 53 US campuses and found that 84 per cent of US students feel unable to cope, 79 per cent are exhausted, 60 per cent feel very sad and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety.

Obviously teens and college students need to learn coping and stress management tools to address : school, peers, family, work, grades, social situations and much more.

Many teenagers and adolescents as well as college students fear failure and are fearful of their future and need a direction and support to reach their goals. Children as young as 10 are worried about finding a job in many homes and are stressed and anxious.

Cyberbullying and social media can be a stressor and many teens are concerned about their body image with such a huge emphasis on waif models being the norm when most adults know this is not reality. Technology does not create the bully or the poor body image it may magnify the problem. Removing all media may not solve the issue because it is the negative distorted and unhealthy thoughts inside your child or adolescents head that is feeding the negative behaviors and mood. Media can affect our moods however it is up to parents and children and teens to set limits on use and be able to turn it off and find a balance in other activities above and beyond social media and or video games and technology.

Child anxiety is simply a form of stress. It is an alarm system for all human beings. Everyone experiences anxiety. Children may feel it if they have a presentation at school or when life gets difficult. Children can face anxiety when taking tests, switching schools, moving to a new house, moving to a new city. Certain levels of stress and anxiety are normal. However when impacts getting things done, not going to school, not participating in school or social events, avoiding activities and makes life less enjoyable it is time to get an assessment from a counselor or therapist that is trained in working with children.

There are many types of anxiety disorders: Phobias, social phobia, panic attacks, PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, and more. There are two ways to deal with anxiety disorders. Learn tools via counseling and empower oneself to manage the stress or some people medicate themselves. Research shows that if one chooses medication that counseling is needed for best results. No medication can change your child’s thought process.

Some but not all symptoms of anxiety are: excessive worrying, trouble focusing, fatigue and being tired during the day, difficulty sleeping at night, a lot of worry that lasts days or more. Many children do not express their feelings about what is going on however if the above is happening you can deduce what most likely is going on. Many children express physical symptoms like: headaches, stomach aches, not feeling well etc.

Child and teenage Anxiety often manifests as a physical symptom like pain, fatigue, or inability to sleep. 30 percent of patients seen by primary care practitioners have at least one ANXIETY disorder.

Children and teenagers with anxiety disorders typically experience intense fear, worry and discomfort that last for a long time and significantly impact an adolescent or child and families lives.

Anxiety Disorders can lead to school problems , social issues, academic problems, alcohol and drug use, anxiety issues as an adult.

Anxiety Disorders can impact obtaining employment and can create frustration and anger issues when goals are not reached and the anxiety continues to impede progress.

The great news is psychotherapy and counseling can alleviate your anxiety and stress and their are also medications that a physician would give if needed.

Depressed teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy also known as CBT in their recovered faster, and were also more likely to recover, than children and teens who did not receive counseling and psychotherapy services, this study was published in a pediatric journal recently in 2015.

Self-reported child and adolescent sleep across the last twenty fiver years are concerning and suggest that there is potentially a significant public health concern that warrants education for parents and counseling education for youth and teens in the USA.

There is a connection and awareness among the scientific community that insomnia, depression and anxiety disorders are linked with each other. The risks are psychological, emotional, social, and more and must be addressed as a system.

Having insomnia in addition to anxiety or depression can further intensify the problems being experienced with each individual disorder. It can lead to such problems as alcohol and drug misuse during adolescence.

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Children and teenagers can experience stressors which can interfere with sleep. Consumption of energy drinks – which contain caffeine – is also known to disrupt sleep, as is use of certain medications: aniti-depressants etc. A majority of children and teens are spending 40-50 hours more than they should each week playing or involved w electronics: video games, you tube, TV, Snap Chat, Instagram, Facebook, Texting, gaming, and more on the internet. Research shows that this also is impacting sleep which is connected with motivation, mood, anxiety, depression and more. It may exacerbate symptoms or create mood disorders.

Diet is one huge component that creates anxious symptoms. Caffeine creates an artificial and temporary lift for people who are stressed out and tired. It is different than a lift you get from good food and exercise .

Here is a list of possible side effects from caffeine : restlessness , nervousness , irritability , shaking , sleeplessness , sweaty hands, irregular heart beat , nervous or upset stomach , panic attacks and more .

Counseling can teach you healthy ways to manage anxiety and stress and create calm and balance in your life .

Many children that are quiet or shy meet the criteria for social phobia or generalized anxiety disorder .

Children affected with social phobia display greater impairment socially and are more likely to experience anxiety, mood disorders, depression, behavior disorders, substance use and more. The intense fear can be crippling with regard to social interactions.

A large percentage of teens with social phobia fail to seek

professional treatment for anxiety.

Psychotherapy and counseling can help children manage their anxiety and phobia so they can interact with those they hope to connect with.

The use of certain psychiatric medications during pregnancy can result in children born with depression by early teens and adolescence. A great deal of research from Finland, and other countries have found found that children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during gestation had more chance of being diagnosed with depression after age 12.

What is best for your child? Working with an expert in counseling that can treat children and teens and families. One type of therapy is not the only technique to create change. A wide array of therapies can help a child manage his mood, behaviors, anxiety and depression. A holistic and a multi systemic approach is the best prevention and the best way to facilitate desired changes for your child and teenager.

Receiving input form parents on daily and weekly behaviors and working together to modify unhealthy habits and routines as well as setting up a system that is reward based for positive behaviors is vital in creating balance and success for your child.

Children and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Some of the most common types of anxiety are : panic , phobias, generalized anxiety ,PTSD, and separation anxiety. Obsessive compulsive behavior is also a part of anxiety disorders .

Psychotherapy and counseling can be extremely helpful in learning ways to overcome anxiety ridden thinking and anxiety due to physiological responses.

There are many things children and parents can do to create health and balance for their child and teen or college student. Finding a healthy balance is key to your youths success. Lifeworks AZ has worked with youth and families over fifteen years in: building self esteem, parenting tips, mood regulation, goal setting, anger management, healthy social skills, reaching goals, behavior modification for youth, autistic youth, highly gifted, learning disabled children and more.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with children and teens . and Families…Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has over 15 years experience working with families and youth treating anxiety disorders. Lifeworksaz.com has testimonials and more information

Teen, Women, anxiety counseling Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Over one in four young women ( teens 16-24 adults) are suffering from anxiety: panic attacks, Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, PTSD, and more. Over twenty five percent of women in this age group have been involved in self harm ..mainly cutting themselves. Women are now three times more likely to suffer from mental health symptoms compared to men and it was twice as likely back in 1990s.

These symptoms include: obsessions, compulsions, worry, irritability depression, anxiety, feelings of panic, trouble sleeping and more. Women is the age group are also more likely to be drinking alcohol at hazardous levels. Research

shows that social media is having a negative impact on women’s mental health. Women are worried about their weight and their appearance as a result of being bombarded with social media and perfection in women’s bodies etc.

Child and teenage Anxiety often manifests as a physical symptom like pain, fatigue, or inability to sleep. 30 percent of patients seen by primary care practitioners have at least one ANXIETY disorder.

Children and teenagers with anxiety disorders typically experience intense fear, worry and discomfort that last for a long time and significantly impact an adolescent or child and families lives.

Anxiety Disorders can lead to school problems , social issues, academic problems, alcohol and drug use, anxiety issues as an adult.

Anxiety Disorders can impact obtaining employment and can create frustration and anger issues when goals are not reached and the anxiety continues to impede progress.

The great news is psychotherapy and counseling can alleviate your anxiety and stress and their are also medications that a physician would give if needed.

Depressed teenagers who received cognitive behavioral therapy also known as CBT in their recovered faster, and were also more likely to recover, than children and teens who did not receive counseling and psychotherapy services, this study was published in a pediatric journal recently in 2015.

Self-reported child and adolescent sleep across the last twenty fiver years are concerning and suggest that there is potentially a significant public health concern that warrants education for parents and counseling education for youth and teens in the USA.

There is a connection and awareness among the scientific community that insomnia, depression and anxiety disorders are linked with each other. The risks are psychological, emotional, social, and more and must be addressed as a system.

Having insomnia in addition to anxiety or depression can further intensify the problems being experienced with each individual disorder. It can lead to such problems as alcohol and drug misuse during adolescence.

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Children and teenagers can experience stressors which can interfere with sleep. Consumption of energy drinks – which contain caffeine – is also known to disrupt sleep, as is use of certain medications: aniti-depressants etc. A majority of children and teens are spending 40-50 hours more than they should each week playing or involved w electronics: video games, you tube, TV, Snap Chat, Instagram, Facebook, Texting, gaming, and more on the internet. Research shows that this also is impacting sleep which is connected with motivation, mood, anxiety, depression and more. It may exacerbate symptoms or create mood disorders.

Diet is one huge component that creates anxious symptoms. Caffeine creates an artificial and temporary lift for people who are stressed out and tired. It is different than a lift you get from good food and exercise .

Here is a list of possible side effects from caffeine : restlessness , nervousness , irritability , shaking , sleeplessness , sweaty hands, irregular heart beat , nervous or upset stomach , panic attacks and more .

Counseling can teach you healthy ways to manage anxiety and stress and create calm and balance in your life .

Many teens that are quiet or shy meet the criteria for social phobia or generalized anxiety disorder .

Adolescents affected with social phobia display greater impairment socially and are more likely to experience anxiety, mood disorders, depression, behavior disorders, substance use and more. The intense fear can be crippling with regard to social interactions.

A large percentage of teens with social phobia fail to seek

professional treatment for anxiety.

Psychotherapy and counseling can help adolescents manage their anxiety and phobia so they can interact with those they hope to connect with.

The use of certain psychiatric medications during pregnancy can result in children born with depression by early teens and adolescence. A great deal of research from Finland, and other countries have found found that children exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during gestation had more chance of being diagnosed with depression after age 12.

What is best for your child? Working with an expert in counseling that can treat children and teens and families. One type of therapy is not the only technique to create change. A wide array of therapies can help a child manage his mood, behaviors, anxiety and depression. A holistic and a multi systemic approach is the best prevention and the best way to facilitate desired changes for your child and teenager.

Receiving input form parents on daily and weekly behaviors and working together to modify unhealthy habits and routines as well as setting up a system that is reward based for positive behaviors is vital in creating balance and success for your child.

Children and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Some of the most common types of anxiety are : panic , phobias, generalized anxiety ,PTSD, and separation anxiety. Obsessive compulsive behavior is also a part of anxiety disorders .

Psychotherapy and counseling can be extremely helpful in learning ways to overcome anxiety ridden thinking and anxiety due to physiological responses.

Lifeworksaz.com, child and teen psychotherapist David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has extensive expertise in working with youth in order to manage stress, anxiety , as well as other child, teen and family disorders and challenges .

Teen Counseling Anxiety, PTSD, Phobia Disorders upswing

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Anxiety Disorders with children and teen adolescents are on the rise.

Sexting and online bullying influenced by TV and internet and social media are fuelling a surge of anxiety disorders in teenagers, according to many mental health child and adolescent experts.

The problem is particularly severe for girls who fall victim to cruel remarks about their appearance and weight. Admission for anxiety disorders are up over fifty percent according to research studies.

Anxiety disorders are very common in children and teens. Anxiety Disorders include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorders PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, separation anxiety, and more.

Girls brains are being re-wired via internet advertising, TV advertising, social media advertising and a high frequency of being bombarded with unrealistic body shapes and sizes. Feelings of inadequacy, unattractiveness, and low self esteem are through comparing themselves to digitally enhanced models and women whom are under normal body weight and normal BMI that is thrown in girls faces day in and day out. Self loathing, shame, and self harm are on the rise do to internet cyber bullying, sexting and more.

Girls must find intrinsic value in themselves and set limits on how often and how frequent they watch media. Parents can empower their children and role model healthy media habits as well as develop their self esteem through: school clubs, activities, music, dance, gymnastics, sports, creativity, arts, healthy habits, healthy eating habits, philanthropy, community service, helping others and more and less focus on the physical body alone.

Research from national Mental Health statistics show that twenty percent of children, adolescent, teenagers and young adults suffered some degree of depression and anxiety last year.

Photos that are posted on social media: facebook, twitter, Instagram, snap chat, texting that not only go to one peer tend to go viral through schools and nationally as well as internationally. Teens can be extremely cruel making negative condescending comments on the photo which many times is devastating to the youth. Many youth have spiraled into depression and have severe anxiety about themselves and their body image. Many avoid attending school or come down with physical symptoms to avoid seeing peers at school. Photos sent around of peers are rated from 1-10 and this can have severe psychological impact on children and teens when a rating is less than favorable, There have been millions of cases where youth are bullied via texting or email and those youth that did not feel able to cope have committed suicide a horrible tragedy in our society.

But the photos can provoke extremely unkind comments, particularly if unflattering images of someone are sent round behind their backs.

There are many web sites where photos are posted with a question below. For example someone posts a photo and asks if this person is Beautiful or ugly? Imagine a young child or teen receiving a text that has thousands of people voting on them without your knowledge that has cruel and spiteful results. Cyber bullying is on the rise at it is pervasive. Teens hide behind their faux accounts to terrorize and victimize youth and peers. Parents must be monitoring these accounts to prevent becoming a victim or victimizing other teen girls.

Creating a balance and setting boundaries are vital in todays 24-7 smart phone, ipad, ipod, hand held, video game connected world.

Child, Adolescent Anxiety Treatment – Counseling and Therapy

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Children and teens manifest a variety of anxiety due to stress, unhealthy thoughts, past trauma, past role modeling, and fear. Anxiety is healthy however when it interferes with daily life it needs to be addressed.

Children and teens have stress daily. Many children have anxiety and the real question is if your child is missing out on life’s opportunities due to one’s anxiety. Anxiety can be managed and there are many tools your child can learn to regulate stress, anxiety, as well as behaviors. There are a few causes of anxiety that we know: genetics are a big component, traumatic or upsetting events can trigger anxiety, how one was raised and past events that are impacting your child today.

One research and evidence based therapy I use that has great results is cognitive behavioral counseling or therapy. I work with each individual child and help them understand the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and our behavior that we act upon daily.Automatic unconscious thoughts that evolve can spark anxiety. Learning to become aware of unhealthy and twisted thoughts that do not have validity or truth is taught in a manner that is easy for your child to understand. As we learn to question these unhealthy thoughts we can then change them to healthy positive thoughts and overcome our anxiety.

There are two ways of looking at our thoughts. The first is to find out if our thoughts are accurate? The second way is to to see if the way we are thinking is leading us toward avoidance or toward a value system of ours. After your child learns to identify distorted thoughts he or she can learn alternative ways to help move through the anxiety and face the situation that is: scary, fearful etc.

There are a number of research based tools that I use including behavior modification, dot, EMDR, exposure therapy, imagery, mindfulness and more that each child can learn and can feel safe and secure and at peace when anxiety arises. These tools can be used for: panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and more.

Facing your child’s fear head on is vital to help him or her feel confident and master anxiety.Learning these skills and more will help build self esteem and will free our chip up to embrace his or her life and create a happy and healthy life., Conduct disorders

Children and teens have stress daily. Many children have anxiety and the real question is if your child is missing out on life’s opportunities due to one’s anxiety. Anxiety can be managed and there are many tools your child can learn to regulate stress, anxiety, as well as behaviors. There are a few causes of anxiety that we know: genetics are a big component, traumatic or upsetting events can trigger anxiety, how one was raised and past events that are impacting your child today.

One research and evidence based therapy I use that has great results is cognitive behavioral counseling or therapy. I work with each individual child and help them understand the connection between our  thoughts, feelings, and our behavior that we act upon daily.Automatic unconscious thoughts that evolve can spark anxiety. Learning to become aware of unhealthy and twisted thoughts that do not have validity or truth is taught in a manner that is easy for your child to understand. As we learn to question these unhealthy thoughts we can then change them to healthy positive thoughts and overcome our anxiety.

There are two ways of looking at our thoughts. The first is to find out if our thoughts are accurate? The second way is to to see if the way we are thinking is leading us toward avoidance or toward a value system of ours. After your child learns to identify distorted thoughts he or she can learn alternative  ways to help move through the anxiety and face the situation that is: scary, fearful etc.

There are a number of research based tools that I use including behavior modification, dot, EMDR, exposure therapy, imagery, mindfulness and more that each child can learn and can feel safe and secure and at peace when anxiety arises. These tools can be used for: panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and more.

Facing your child’s fear head on is vital to help him or her feel confident and master anxiety.Learning these skills and more will help build self esteem and will free our chip up to embrace his or her life and create a happy and healthy life.

Society is always looking for the quick fix. Anxiety disorders are usually chronic. Benzodiazepines(xanax,klonopin,valium, ativan) treatment can be prolonged and hence there can be increased risk of side effects.

Physical and psychological dependence, withdrawl symptoms(reduced alertness, memory loss,fatigue etc) can occur with regular and extended usage.

When individuals stop taking these meds they have a 50-75 percent chance of relapse.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be equally effective as medication for sleep challenges and anxiety.

Look into CBT before you start popping pills. Therapy and counseling can save you a lot of money without the side effects and I believe it is more effective.

Children and teens with anxiety disorders experience excessive fear, worry, or discomfort that interferes with their daily lives.

Anxiety Disorders hat are commonly recognized include: Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been effective in treating anxiety disorders. Individuals learn to understand how their thinking patterns contribute to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts so that symptoms are less likely to occur.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety is founded on the belief  that both cognitive and behavioral processes can cause and maintain anxiety (Brewin, 1996). Although variations in these interventions exist depending on the specific disorder to be treated (e.g., Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder), most Cognitive behavioral skills: aim to teach the child or adolescent new approach behaviors, concrete problem-solving skills, and strategies for challenging unhealthy anxious thoughts and beliefs.

CBT Counseing and therapy helps children to re-evaluate their beliefs about its benefits. children and  adolescents teens who are prone to excessive worry tend to assume that it helps them. They may believe, for instance, that worrying helps them to anticipate and solve problems; that it provides the motivation necessary to tackle those problems; or that it prepares them for the worst if a solution can’t be found. They may even feel that by worrying about an event they can prevent it occurring . Learning to challenge these unhealthy beliefs is vital to make progress.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches us to confine our worrying to a regular set period of 15 minutes or so each day. When worrying thoughts arise at other times, the trick is to save them for later and let them go. Writing  can be effective too: you describe your worries in as much detail as you can, focusing on what it feels like, and resisting the temptation to analyse what’s causing your thoughts. And don’t underestimate the power of distraction: work out when you’re most likely to worry and plan a pleasurable, absorbing activity you can do instead.

Many s techniques for tackling stress and anxiety  are simple : with the a mental health expert that works with children and teens they can put these new skills into practice. . Excessive worry is a detrimental to your child’s mental health: performance ,social skills and this may  impact grades, jobs, college etc.It will impact family situations, stress at home, academic situations and more.

Lifeworksaz.com has expertise working with children teens with anxiety disorders: separation anxiety, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorders, Obsessive compulsive disorders, PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety, Panic disorders) and more.

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Meditation can reduce anxiety. Researchers have know this for years . The specific brain mechanism connected to reducing the anxiety has not been pin pointed . However studies show that certain areas or regions of the brain are activated or deactivated in relationship to relief from anxiety .

In one study anxiety was reduced by almost 40 percent . A study revealed that anxiety relief is associated with activation of the anterior cingulate cortex and ventromedial prefrontal cortex , areas of the brain that are involved in executive – level functioning.

During meditation their was more action in the v p c the area of the brain that controls worrying . Also noted in the study was that present findings reveal that the brain regions associated with meditation related anxiety relief are remarkably consistent with the concept of being mindful.

Research has shown meditation can be helpful with depression and anxiety disorders .

Anxiety disorders that impact over forty million Americans are the most common psychiatric mental health disorder in the USA. Exercise is a great tool for relief of stress and is also important to help manage anxiety as well as depression and other health disorders .

Researchers studying anxiety state that a 15 min brisk walk can help alleviate anxiety symptoms and exercise for a longer duration can be helpful as well .

Studies in science show that regular exercise works as well as medications for some to reduce anxiety symptoms and depression . A very vigorous exercise session can help alleviate anxiety and depressive symptoms in many people . Those that sit at home on a computer and watch a lot of tv without exercising have much higher rates of anxiety and depression . Many teens are addicted to technology and are not receiving the daily exercise needed . Setting limits on sedentary activities is important for your child or teens health .

Finding a health daily routine is helpful for reducing anxiety . Bedtime routines and daily routines will help reduce anxiety .

Look at ways to manage your stress and reduce stress in the home . Manage anger in the home .

Teens can decrease anxiety and stress by : eating regularly , avoiding excess caffeine , avoiding drugs and alcohol , learning healthy communication skills , relaxation exercises , decrease negative self talk, feel good about doing a good Job not looking for perfectionism , find positive supportive friends . By using these skills children and teenagers can build a confident foundation of skills to cope with life’s stress and anxiety .

Technology has a wide array of benefits in our world however we must balance using electronics with : sleep, exercise , time for friends , family, and work . Surfing the Internet in the evening, texting , and emailing late into the night will interfere with healthy sleep. Lack of healthy sleep can effect : relationships , performance at work, energy , mood , stress , and more . Many individuals that do not receive enough sleep will have symptoms of anxiety and depression .

The lights from : computers , I phones , kindles , video games , DS , cause extra stimulation to the brain and the brain does not have time to shut down.

Your brain needs time to shut down and can not be running all day and late into the evening with electronic usage . If the brain does not have enough time to rest or shut down than the neurotransmitters can not be replenished and this is necessary for the neurons in the brain to communicate with each other .Your brain will not be as sharp or focused do to this depletion . Not receiving enough sleep can lead to : poor judgment , irritability , stress , poor problem solving , poor concentration and more . You may get hungry at eat more because your brain is craving more to operate normally .

Relaxation , imagery , visualization, and

turning off your electronic devices as early as you can will help improve your sleep .

Many people think that alcohol will help them fall asleep and have a better nights rest . The reality is that alcohol will decrease the REM sleep and the quality of your sleep will suffer. This can also create anxiety, depression, fatigue , as well as irritability , lack of focus , poor concentration , anger , moodiness and much more so think about healthy habits and move toward them.

Research shows that teaching children that learn

ways to cope with anxiety can lead to better test scores.

Anxiety can cripple a child and anxious children will perform far  below

their true abilities .

Poor performances on school

exams can have severe consequences , with some students being held back ,

schools being closed, and teachers being let go .

thee anxiety is passed down from principal to teacher to student at an early a

age . This anxiety impacts students of all ages and is displayed with reduced

self esteem , reduced motivation , disengagement from school.  Many children

become extremely frustrated, irrupted, angry, and depressed because they are

struggling.

Students with anxiety can avoid taking certain classes in

high school and college and stifle promising careers by sabotaging their own

future . They believe they can not excel and so they stop trying becoming

their reality. They lose hope and confidence and this shatters self esteem

and belief in themselves today and potentially in their future. This must be addressed

in order to create future success and balance in their lives.

The ability to think clearly and solve

problems accurately is diminished by being nervous . Anxiety and worry take up

the working memory and leave less mental resources to work with .

There are few excellent methods to manage test anxiety .;Expressive writing is a helpful exercise . Cognitive therapy is very

powerful in reducing test anxiety . Relaxation techniques like : mindfulness ,

progressive relaxation, and others have proven to help manage test anxieties . Exposure therapy

is an excellent type of counseling for anxiety. Imagery for anxiety is also very powerful for anxiety.

Anxiety disorders often have a detrimental impact on students’ academic perfor- mance, attendance, retention, career selection, relationship develop- ment, as well as on their physical health and general well being

Children can learn simple tools that can reduce anxiety in any situation that appears. Many children with test anxiety

also have anxiety in other areas. Children and teens have anxiety related to sports performance: golf, basketball , football, tennis,

volleyball, baseball, cross country, wrestling, etc. The anxiety must be addressed in order for peak performance to occur.

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.

Exercise increases metabolism of adrenaline and thyroxin which

contribute to a heightened anxious state.

Exercise increases endorphins as well as serotonin that help to offset

depressed moods and anxiety.

Activity helps increase self esteem as well as many metabolic

activities .

Exercise is one great tool for stress relief and alleviation of anxiety.

It is important to take care of stress just as much as it is to take

care of ones physical health.

Emotional stress and anxiety and depression are areas that need

treatment just like a headache. If not treated they will manifest in:

a physical ailment, pain, mental health issues, anger, unhealthy

behaviors and much more.

It is important to balance exercise and diet and sleep and to take

time for self care daily. What are activities are you doing to manage

stress?

Take time daily to cope w stress.

A dummy pill made of sugar or milk has shown to do a better job at

relueving anxiety or depression in a number of studies.

The belief alone that the dummy pill or ( placebo ) is the real deal

unleashes the brain s belief that the patient will indeed feel better

and receive the expected relief.

According to research the bed side manner of the physician is the most

important component to a patients belief that the placebo will work.

The placebo has a neurological foundation. The sugar pill can activate

opioids that can relieve pain and modulate the heart rate and breathing.

Dopamine can be released via a placebo can help with: mood, motor

function, cognitive ability, relieve sleep issues, stomach aches, and

more.

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Depression can be passed on from a mother to a child. This evidence is

based on science.

Depression is the fourth leading cause of disability in the USA

according to The World Health Organization.

Those who are depressed have negative social interactions with family

members: fights etc.

Our mood depends on: the meaning we connect with experiences our

thoughts related to information, and how we manage stress and mood.

Our thinking and our positive thoughts create a positive sense of self

or healthy self esteem. The messages we tell ourselves are highly

connected to : stress, anxiety , and depression.

Therapist Teen Child Scottsdale: Anxiety Disorders, Conduct

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Children and teens have stress daily. Many children have anxiety and the real question is if your child is missing out on life’s opportunities due to one’s anxiety. Anxiety can be managed and there are many tools your child can learn to regulate stress, anxiety, as well as behaviors. There are a few causes of anxiety that we know: genetics are a big component, traumatic or upsetting events can trigger anxiety, how one was raised and past events that are impacting your child today.

One research and evidence based therapy I use that has great results is cognitive behavioral counseling or therapy. I work with each individual child and help them understand the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and our behavior that we act upon daily.Automatic unconscious thoughts that evolve can spark anxiety. Learning to become aware of unhealthy and twisted thoughts that do not have validity or truth is taught in a manner that is easy for your child to understand. As we learn to question these unhealthy thoughts we can then change them to healthy positive thoughts and overcome our anxiety.

There are two ways of looking at our thoughts. The first is to find out if our thoughts are accurate? The second way is to to see if the way we are thinking is leading us toward avoidance or toward a value system of ours. After your child learns to identify distorted thoughts he or she can learn alternative ways to help move through the anxiety and face the situation that is: scary, fearful etc.

There are a number of research based tools that I use including behavior modification, dot, EMDR, exposure therapy, imagery, mindfulness and more that each child can learn and can feel safe and secure and at peace when anxiety arises. These tools can be used for: panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and more.

Facing your child’s fear head on is vital to help him or her feel confident and master anxiety.Learning these skills and more will help build self esteem and will free our chip up to embrace his or her life and create a happy and healthy life., Conduct disorders

Anxiety Therapist and Counseling Child, teens, adults Phoenix, Ahwatuke, Scottsdale, Chandler AZ

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Children and teens have stress daily. Many children have anxiety and the real question is if your child is missing out on life’s opportunities due to one’s anxiety. Anxiety can be managed and there are many tools your child can learn to regulate stress, anxiety, as well as behaviors. There are a few causes of anxiety that we know: genetics are a big component, traumatic or upsetting events can trigger anxiety, how one was raised and past events that are impacting your child today.

One research and evidence based therapy I use that has great results is cognitive behavioral counseling or therapy. I work with each individual child and help them understand the connection between our  thoughts, feelings, and our behavior that we act upon daily.Automatic unconscious thoughts that evolve can spark anxiety. Learning to become aware of unhealthy and twisted thoughts that do not have validity or truth is taught in a manner that is easy for your child to understand. As we learn to question these unhealthy thoughts we can then change them to healthy positive thoughts and overcome our anxiety.

There are two ways of looking at our thoughts. The first is to find out if our thoughts are accurate? The second way is to to see if the way we are thinking is leading us toward avoidance or toward a value system of ours. After your child learns to identify distorted thoughts he or she can learn alternative  ways to help move through the anxiety and face the situation that is: scary, fearful etc.

There are a number of research based tools that I use including behavior modification, dot, EMDR, exposure therapy, imagery, mindfulness and more that each child can learn and can feel safe and secure and at peace when anxiety arises. These tools can be used for: panic, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias and more.

Facing your child’s fear head on is vital to help him or her feel confident and master anxiety.Learning these skills and more will help build self esteem and will free our chip up to embrace his or her life and create a happy and healthy life.

Anxiety Teens, Child,Counseling, Counselor, Therapist Phoenix Scottsdale Chandler Glendale Arizona

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Children and teens with anxiety disorders experience excessive fear, worry, or discomfort that interferes with their daily lives.

Anxiety Diosrders that are commonly recognized include: Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been effective in treating anxiety disorders. Individuals learn to understand how their thinking patterns contribute to their symptoms and how to change their thoughts so that symptoms are less likely to occur.

David Abrams, therapist, child therapist, teen therapist, adolescent therapy, counseling, therapy, Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona, Tempe Arizona.
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