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Preventing Anxiety in Your Child

As reported by NPR, a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry examined how parents who have anxiety disorder can reduce the likelihood of their children also having anxiety. Family-based therapy, along with psychoeducation about warning signs of anxiety and coping strategies, were found to be more effective than just providing handouts...

Controlling Anger Before It Controls You

We all know what anger is, and we’ve all felt it: whether as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal...

Children and Anxiety

How to talk to kids about anxiety. Sometimes being able to name what troubles you is half way to solving it. Remember the story of Rumpelstiltskin? This kid friendly article can help you the parent start a conversation with your child about when worrying become a habit called ‘anxiety’....

9 quick tips to improve your mental health – The Washington Post

This short article gives concise helpful suggestions for improving your mood. I appreciate how some of the suggestions are even supported by studies. I particularly the section on ‘Aim for meaning, not pleasure.’ Achieving better mental health sometimes requires professional help. People may need a therapist or even medication...

How to help kids who are drowning in extracurriculars | Deseret News

ACA member Dee Ray spoke with the Deseret News about the consequences of over-scheduling kids. “Older kids, who can handle more activities and structure, still need downtime. Without free time and with too much pressure, they start looking like little stressed adults.” Parents and kids sometimes struggle to find the sweet...

Does the ‘Body Positive’ Movement Promote Health?

The body-positive movement is teaching people to embrace their body types without hesitation. ACA member Dr. Chris Leeth spoke with Healthline about the value of this movement: “Body positivity is not saying it’s an excuse to be fat or unhealthy, but it’s a way of saying we don’t need to put...

Tapping for Growth

I have recently been re-introduced to an excellent mind-body therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, sometimes called tapping). When I first met this form of therapy almost 15 years ago, I was skeptical; it seemed a little strange. What I witnessed was a client and therapist working through a troubling,...