Why You Need Healthy Anxiety vs. Unhealthy Anxiety with Lisa Damour, PhD


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Anxiety seems to be everywhere these days. No one can ignore the impact the pandemic had on our collective mental health, especially those of our children. Before the pandemic, approximately 5.8 million kids between the ages of 13-17 had a diagnosis of anxiety. These days the mental health community estimates it closer to almost half of all teens in the U.S. are experiencing anxiety. But we have some hope for all of us parents. Not all anxiety is bad. As a matter of fact, healthy anxiety can help build resilience. And once you know the difference between healthy and unhealthy anxiety, you can better support your kids and their well-being.

In this episode, we are joined by Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, Author, and Co-host "Ask Lisa" podcast. Lisa specializes in untangling family life and is the mom to two teenagers. Dr. Damour talks with us about what healthy anxiety looks like in our kids and what unhealthy anxiety looks like, as well as what we can do to support our kids as they navigate these feelings of anxiety in their everyday life.

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Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, PhD

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour, PhD

Data and Statistics on Children’s Mental Health from CDC.gov

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