Anxiety Related Content

Video: Making Anxiety Work for You

There’s no question that anxiety is a part of life. We all experience it, and when we do, our first instinct is often defensive. We tell ourselves that we need to push back against anxious feelings, and we do all we can to escape their discomfort. But what if we did the opposite and chose instead to...

Video: OCD or an Anxiety Disorder? Getting the Diagnosis Right

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manifests in all kinds of ways—from checking and counting to ruminating and handwashing. And while OCD is often thought of as an anxiety disorder, diagnostically speaking, it is something distinct. Understanding all this can be tricky, to be sure. But it’s also...

Video: Managing Fears and Phobias in Kids and Teens

Growing up can be frightening. The path to adulthood is fraught with fears, both rational and irrational, challenging children and adolescents alike. And while it’s not uncommon for a child to be scared of imaginary foes or a teen to be afraid of social rejection, these and similar fears can lead to...

Anxiety and OCD Course Advises on Supporting Kids and Teens

On March 21, 2024, McLean Hospital hosted Anxiety and OCD in Kids and Teens, a course aimed at health care professionals, educators, and parents. Experts Lisa W. Coyne, PhD , Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD , and Jeff Szymanski, PhD , weighed in on topics including the fundamentals of anxiety and OCD, how...

The Social Dilemma: Social Media and Your Mental Health

The social media platform Instagram made headlines last year for suppressing likes in an effort to curb the comparisons and hurt feelings associated with attaching popularity to sharing content. But do these efforts combat mental health issues, or are they simply applying a band-aid to a wound? It’s...

Understanding Anxiety in Kids and Teens

As a parent, teacher, babysitter, or even neighbor, you may notice behavior that concerns you. Though you may not be able to immediately identify it, you know something is not right. Anxiety in children can show up in different ways, such as avoidance of activities or experiences, irritability, and...

A Parent’s Guide to College Student Mental Health

Parents often need help addressing both the mental health and academic needs of their college-age child. When students have mental health challenges, parents often feel overwhelmed and unsure about where to start to help make things better. Awareness and treatment are essential to preventing crises...