When to Get Help for School Anxiety

It’s normal for kids from preschool to high school age to experience some nervousness and anxiety early in the school year. As the early weeks unfold, most kids quickly gain confidence and settle into a routine. However, for some students — and their families — the anxiety continues to build. School-related anxiety and school refusal … Read More

The Fear of Friday the 13th

For some people, Friday the 13th is not just like any other day. Experts say more than 20 million people are afraid of this so-called “unlucky” day. It starts with superstition Clinical psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD, says there are a lot of reasons people fear Friday the 13th, but it starts with superstition. “People who … Read More

Childhood Stomach Aches Linked to Adult Anxiety

If your child has recurring stomachaches that can’t be traced to a physical cause — known as “functional abdominal pain” — a new study finds the child may be at higher risk for anxiety disorder as a young adult. The good news is that if your child has chronic stomachaches, there are ways to help … Read More

7 Tips to Beat Back-to-School Jitters

A new school year has arrived with lots of changes for kids — some exciting, some bewildering. Kids have a wide range of concerns about school and so do parents. Different ages, different worries Child psychologist Wendy Cunningham, PsyD, says there are many reasons for kids to get back-to-school jitters. Younger school children may be … Read More

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Anxiety and Arrhythmia (Video)

The heart and brain do a lot of talking, and our emotional health can seriously impact the heart. We’re learning that anxiety can tax the heart. Specifically, high anxiety levels can  cause an irregular heart beat  and it’s a vicious cycle, as the more arrhythmia you have – it makes you more anxious. Cleveland Clinic’s Leo Pozuelo, … Read More

Teens and Anxiety

About 25 percent of 13- to 18-year-old children have generalized anxiety — that’s one in four kids. An even more alarming statistic: Generalized anxiety can start as early as preschool. And the problem seems to be on the rise nationally. We’re not talking about nervous-before-a-test anxiety, but anxiety that affects all aspects of life — … Read More

The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease

We know that there is a link between stress and heart disease. Evidence comes from the first Gulf War when there were spikes in heart attacks. Stress increases heart rate and blood pressure. If you have heart disease, it’s a good idea to do stress management. One of the best stress reducers is physical activity. … Read More

Can Anxiety Age You?

Even the question, “Can anxiety age you?” strikes a chord of terror in one’s heart, mind, or more specifically one’s telomeres. Yes, it is true; the mental effects of anxiety translate to physical effects which include changes at the molecular and genetic level. Telomere shortening Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that cap chromosomes and promote chromosome … Read More

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Tips to Wean Your Baby from Pacifiers

It might be called a parent’s first bout of “separation anxiety.” No, not the first day of preschool or kindergarten, but the day you decide to wean your baby from the pacifier. Deb Lonzer, MD, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says whether you go cold turkey or take a gradual approach, the pacifier … Read More

Social Media and Relationship Stress (Video)

More and more people are using social media to find new love. But as helpful as it can be in establishing a relationship, social media can open up a can of unforeseen stressors. Scott Bea, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, says when social media and social lives start to mix, it can create … Read More