Weekend Reads

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If anxiety is a normal human reaction to (real or perceived) danger that helps keep us alert and alive, what makes it turn the corner into a problem – something that gets in the way of our day to day lives?  What does anxiety look and feel like and how can we best treat it when it comes knocking.

Lenika Cruz, of The Atlantic, had her first panic attack right before beginning a new work-from-home job. Telecommuting seemed like a dream, but it set up the perfect environment for agoraphobia to take root, grow and thrive. Listen in while Lenika tells us her story and how she’s making her life bigger every day.

Check out this interview with Dr. Reid Wilson as he talks about anxiety, resisting and how learning about the laws of physics can help us find freedom. And, if you haven’t seen his blog posts on the Psychology Today site, here’s the link.

Love this one from Lynn Lyons where she discusses her own challenges with anxiety and how sharing her story helped a client open up and make huge strides in his life.

Learning to Master Panic is a great article by Dr. Janet Klosko of the Cognitive Therapy Center of Long Island. In it, she does a fantastic job of describing the experience & symptoms of panic, why people resist and avoid and ways to systematically go toward the fear with their sights set on freedom.

Another great training video for anxious kids and their parents

Lynn Lyons has another fabulous training video for anxious kids and their parents on YouTube. It’s also a must see for teachers. No kids you say? Guess what – these skills are also great for anxious adults. I hope you can carve out some time to make a cup of tea and watch Lynn as she educates us about building emotionally healthy human beings. Thanks Lynn!

 

 

 

 

A Few Resources for Anxious Parents and their Kids

Recently I’ve had a number of friends ask about resources for their anxious children.  Most of these friends deal with anxiety themselves & are either beginning to see signs of anxiety in their kids or are worried they’ll somehow pass down their “crazy genes”.

I’m a big fan of Lynn Lyons who co-authored Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents with Reid Wilson. Check out the website with links to the book  and Casey’s Guide (a companion book for kids & teens – find the free download here and “real” book for sale here). Each chapter has info you can use right now with your family.

And this is the video I’ve been sharing with everyone. I listened to it a few weeks ago while making dinner and it’s excellent.   Lynn has years of experience working with anxious kids and their parents, and I love that she’s a straight shooter and delivers information with humor.

Wanting more? If you haven’t already, check out this article, plus this one and the exciting research about using CBT to prevent anxiety disorders in children before they can pop up.

Anxious parenting behavior, it turns out, is more indicative of an anxious child than genetics. That’s not to say genetics and an anxious pre-disposition aren’t at play – but it’s nice to know there is much we can do to help educate and build skills within the whole family.

*I had posted a fabulous training video of Lynn’s, but it’s been taken off of youtube. In it’s place, check out this 30 minute interview with Lynn where she talks about how to begin educating ourselves & our  kids about anxiety and tips for working with it when anxiety shows up. Enjoy!

Movie night!

If you haven’t been introduced to Lynn Lyons yet, today is your lucky day. She & Reid Wilson co-wrote a book called “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” which is filled with skills building information that’s helpful for both kids and adults.

This video was filmed during a training she did for teachers and is just under 2 hours. I’ll wait while you go pop some popcorn, get a notebook & pencil. Go on. It’s totally worth your time whether or not you’re watching to build your own skills and/or those of your kids and family. I’ve forwarded this video on to a few friends with kids who struggle with anxiety and they’ve all raved at how much they learned and how excited they were to have a game plan.

Enjoy & let me know what you think!