Category Archives: The Anxious Child


A List Far Too Long, from Boston Globe

This post made my heart ache — remembering what it was like trying to find the right therapists for my sons — and then figuring out how to pay for their care. Truly, as the author points out, parity for … Continue reading


What I Wish I Could Have Said to Nancy Lanza and How We Can Prevent Another Tragedy

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On day five of what has for so many of us become a waking nightmare, it is increasingly apparent that the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has ripped open a deep wound in the American heart — particularly for parents … Continue reading

Children Affected by War, New Psychological Intervention Program Shows Promise – Medical Daily

This dramatic improvement for traumatized youth in one of the worst places for children on the planet, Congo, is testimony to the power of psychotherapy to help someone heal from abuse and neglect. I can’t tell you how much this cheers me to read. Think about what it might mean for trauma exposed children here in the U.S. and everywhere to receive such concerted mental health care.

“This is the first time that such a therapy has been used in this way. Although Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy has the greatest evidence for its effectiveness in treating child victims of sexual violence in the West, to date no study has ever adapted it for use in developing countries affected by the twin evils of war and sexual violence,” O’Callaghan said.

The research team along with Congolese counselors encouraged girls to draw out pictures of their most traumatic events. The sessions also included relaxation techniques, mental imagery techniques and tips to cope with bad memories.

“The dramatic reduction in trauma, depression and anxiety, conduct problems and anti-social behavior shows that this kind of therapy is very effective in treating war-affected children who have been exposed to rape and sexual violence. In addition to the statistical results of the therapy many of the girls attested to how the intervention helped reduced their terrible nightmares, disturbing flashbacks and suicidal thinking. For me, that was the most rewarding part of our work in the DRC,” O’Callaghan said.

The research team also helped 50 boys reduce stress and anti-social behavior by psychological intervention program.

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and an NGO World Vision were behind this intervention method.

via Children Affected by War, New Psychological Intervention Program Shows Promise – Medical Daily.


Happy Mother’s Day! The Rewards of ‘Recovery Parenting’

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One totally unexpected reward of this way of life I’ve named ‘recovery parenting’ came to me a few weeks ago while having lunch with my youngest son “Sammy” and his girlfriend of three years, a lovely girl I’ll call “Lori.” … Continue reading


“Mom, I’m Joining the Marines” | Anxiety In Teens – the resource for youth with anxiety, depression and beyond!

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Here’s another excerpt from A Lethal Inheritance, about my youngest son’s struggles with anxiety and depression. It’s one of the most popular articles on the teen-run site, “Anxiety in Teens.” (Check out the website if your teen has “issues.”) “Ummm … Continue reading


Self discipline in Parents sets tone for successful disciplining of toddlers

Study Shows that Problem Behavior In Toddlers May Be Due To Over-Reactive Parenting Lipscomb said the take-away message for parents of young children and infants is that the way they adapt to toddlerhood – a challenging time marked by a … Continue reading

A Mind in Danger: Scientific American

My article in the March issue of Scientific American MIND, an excerpt from A LETHAL INHERITANCE, is now on sale and online. Here’s the gist:

Signs of incipient psychosis show up early in life. Reading them is key to rescuing kids from the abyss of a serious mental illness.

In Brief:

  1. Signs of a mind in danger—including social deficits, impaired body sensations and reduced tolerance to stress—may show up anywhere from two months to 35 years before schizophrenia strikes.
  2. The prevalence of schizophrenia is 1.1 percent, but if a parent has the disorder, the child has a 10 to 12 percent increased risk and a 17.1 percent chance of developing a related personality disorder.
  3. Physical abuse, bullying by peers and ingesting cannabis can push a genetically vulnerable child toward psychosis.


Or you can just buy the book instead!? — since it’s an excerpt, then you’ll have the article and much more.

A Mind in Danger: Scientific American.


Teen Anxiety Can Have Many Faces

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Research now tells us that for many young people, anxiety and depression can be two sides of the same mental health challenge. We know that anxiety often precedes depression in school age kids. Or, as was the case for my … Continue reading


New Study: Should your toddler be in therapy? – report from Child Psychology and Parenting Blog

This is exciting news about a study showing successful results from early intervention with psychotherapy tailored for at risk toddlers and young children! From the Child Psychology and Parenting Blog… This month the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics … Continue reading


Psychiatric News Alert: Irritable Youngsters May Be Depressed

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What’s interesting in this study of over 2500 children in the U.K. is the identification of irritability as a predecessor or early sign/symptom of depression in a child or teenager, and the finding that its origin is probably genetic. Please … Continue reading