Anxiety

Structure in Unstructured Times

We made it to summer! As we enter the summer months, the days get longer, the weather gets warmer, and we tend to let out a collective sigh of relief. Even if your work schedule doesn’t change during the summer, something about this time of year feels different. Lazier, less scheduled, and more open to…

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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

(March 29, 2022) We need to talk to teens about mental health because teens need to know they can take charge of their own mental health.   According to the national institute of mental health (NIMH) in 2020, 31.9% of adolescents experience some type of anxiety disorder with 8.3% of them being severe.  NIMH also reported…

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Delta Disappointment

(August 30, 2022) Just a few short months ago, COVID 19 seemed to be all but a thing of the past. Mask mandates were being lifted for those who were fully vaccinated, get togethers were resuming in safe ways, hospitals weren’t overwhelmed with COVID 19 patients, and overall COVID 19 numbers were dropping. Then came…

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Assembling Your Coping Toolkit

(August 2, 2021) Let’s start with what the coping toolkit is: Therapists and other mental health professionals often talk about the “toolkit” or “toolbox”.  The purpose of this coping toolkit is to help with anxiety or depression symptoms. This is a wonderful metaphor if you know what it means and how to use it appropriately. …

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Anxiety or Panic?

(July 23, 2021) What is this feeling? Anxiety or panic can strike at any age. It can be especially hard to handle and cope with for  children or teens. The gut wrenching feeling slowly moving its way into your throat; making it hard to breathe, think, feel, or even speak. The big questions are always: …

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In Person Learning After Covid-19

In just about one month, most local schools will be kicking off the start of the 2021/2022 school year. With lower positivity rates and a significant portion of the population being vaccinated, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is encouraging all schools to return to in-person learning if at all possible.  But what exactly…

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Dear Class of 2020 Parents

Dear Class of 2020 Parents, As we recognize and celebrate the class of 2021, we are also continuously reminded of all the activities the class of 2020 either didn’t get or looked remarkably different than anticipated.  There were canceled field trips, proms, senior awards, graduations and activities.  And while those activities may not look like…

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Managing Re-Entry Anxiety

Since March of 2020, most peoples’ lives have been completely turned upside down. Everything that we considered normal and safe, we had to reevaluate. Masks have become a normal part of day-to-day life, and hand sanitizer is ubiquitous in every business and household. We, as a society, have adjusted to life with COVID 19. Many…

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Newborn Parents in the Time of COVID

We did it! Not only did we survive 2020, many managed to get through a holiday season that looked drastically different from holidays past. There was a decrease of in-person family dinners, holiday parties, and white elephant games due to social distancing and staying safe. Many sacrificed, and have been sacrificing: missed graduations, absent proms,…

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When Anxiety Comes Out Sideways

Anxiety isn’t always easy to recognize. Oftentimes, when dealing with kids, teens and even some adults, anxiety doesn’t present itself as them saying “I feel worried” but, instead, as behaviors.  These behaviors may include yelling, hitting, crying, kicking, and shoving. They may refuse to do what they have been asked, attempt to control the situation,…

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