Almost Two-Thirds of Children Worry “All The Time”

We tend to assume that kids have it better than ever, but in reality, parents may have reasons to be concerned. New research shows that two-thirds of children worry “all the time.”The mental-health charity Place2Be surveyed 700 children, all ten or eleven years old, across twenty schools throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. The results of the study showed that children deal with a wide variety of anxiety inducing concerns every day, the most prominent topics being family, friends, and fea … [Read more...]

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Therapy Alone Is Better Than Meds or Combined Approach for Treating Anxiety, Says New Research

A new study found that cognitive therapy alone is the most effective treatment for anxiety, beating both medication-only and combined medication and therapy.  The ten-year study found that 85% of people who received CBT alone for anxiety had successful treatment outcomes, which was a significantly higher recovery rate than either those who are treated with medication alone or with medication and therapy.The reason, researchers point out, is that people who are treated with meds (either alone … [Read more...]

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Is Anxiety Sinful? A Faithful Response to the Problem of Fear

Of course, anxiety is not sinful, but saying that is little comfort to Christians who suffer with anxiety and feel that, somehow, they are letting God down by feeling the way they do. If you, or someone you love, is struggling with persistent worry or anxiety, I hope you will find this article I wrote for the latest issue of America magazine a source of comfort and strength.Here is a sample of what you'll find....We are not to blame for our anxiety. But if we can, we must cultivate … [Read more...]

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You Don’t Need a “Trigger Warning.” You need Treatment.

H/T NYTimes.According to Harvard Psychologist, Dr. Richard McNally...Proponents of trigger warnings are deeply concerned about the emotional well-being of students, especially those with trauma histories. Yet lost in the debate are two key points: Trauma is common, but P.T.S.D. is rare. Epidemiological studies show that many people are exposed to trauma in their lives, and most have had transient stress symptoms. But only a minority fails to recover, thereby developing P.T.S.D. … [Read more...]

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Every Child Left Behind: “Smart” Atheism or “Stupid” Faith?

             Catholic children as young as 10 years old are renouncing God and quitting Church, claims a new study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown.  According to lead researcher, Dr. Mark Gray, children are finding that faith is “incompatible” with what they are learning in school, and the older the child becomes, the more this is the case.  According to Gray, “this is a generation that is struggling with faith in ways that we haven’t seen in … [Read more...]

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Got Guilt? Peace of Mind for Scrupulous Souls

Rhonda Ortiz at Integrated Catholic Life has an excellent piece on how to recognize and fight against scrupulosity. Here is her description of the three types of scrupulosity.1. Scrupulosity Resulting from Idealism  Developmental scrupulosity is a byproduct of a deep faith experience, such as conversion or growing awareness of God, particularly in adolescence. In the process, a person can become overly-sensitive and overly-reactive to sin. The person worries about “doing it wrong” and overco … [Read more...]

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New Study: Extravagant Affection in Infancy Leads to Healthier, Happier, More Relational & Moral Adults

From new study accepted for publication in the journal, Applied Developmental Science.Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and two colleagues surveyed more than 600 adults. They asked about their childhood experiences. Darvaez was interested in things like how much affectionate touch did the adult receive as a child, how much free play, and what was family togetherness was like. What she found was, the adults who had positive childhood experiences evolved into adults with less … [Read more...]

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Worried No More: 6 Graceful Ways to Beat Stress, Worry, and Anxiety

Check out how these 3 Do's and 3 Don'ts can set YOU free from stress, worry, and anxiety!Problems are part of life, but stress, worry, and anxiety don't have to be.  As I note in my book, God Help Me, This Stress is Driving Me Crazy! Finding Balance Through God's Grace, as early as the mid 300's AD St. Augustine observed that the press of troubles, the ups and downs of daily life, was different than oppression, which is what happens when we allow these troubles to separate us from God's … [Read more...]

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