Combatting Social Anxiety in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“You should really sign up for the musical. You have such a good voice,” said a teenage girl to her friend. Her friend nodded in agreement but said, “I don’t think I can. I just get too nervous even thinking about it.” “But that is what you always say,” replied the girl. “You never take a chance or even do anything new.” A lot of…

Teaching Kids Mindfulness

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The girl’s mother could see that her daughter was starting to get anxious. Her daughter’s eyes were beginning to widen and her face was starting to flush. Then the questions began with her daughter seeking reassurance from her that everything would be ok. The mother looked at her daughter calmly and told her, “I think it would be a good time to start quieting your…

Pay Attention to Inattention

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“How many times have I told you to pay attention? You just seem to space out. No wonder you aren’t doing well in school,” said the mother to her son. The father chimed in, “I don’t understand why you can’t pay attention. You just need to try harder.” The child looks miserable and both parents are starting to think that their son might have ADHD.…

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