Erin Stewart: Is your daughter silently struggling with anxiety?

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  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Jan. 31, 2019 9:32 a.m.

    I guess anxiety in teenage boys is no big deal.

  • mallow Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 8:29 p.m.

    Please don't focus this just on girls. Many guys also deal with anxiety and depression. People, as you said often hide their anxiety. Therapy may help, but most people with these problems don't recognize the problem for what it is and don't want to seek help. Seeking refuge in drugs, sex, , rebellious behavior and suicide by whatever means are often the self-help that victims seek. Thank you for pointing out some of the symptoms we might see in ourselves and others. Feeling love from others may help those who suffer explore help.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:48 a.m.

    Erin, your courage to defy pop culture's faddish "conventional wisdom" that men and women are the same is commendable. As they say, girls will be girls.

    Overall, a good article, but I think you may be presenting an unnecessarily fatalistic view of anxiety.

    From the link provided in the article:
    "Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy that has been scientifically shown to be effective in treating anxiety disorders. CBT teaches skills and techniques to your child that she can use to reduce her anxiety.

    Your child will learn to identify and replace negative thinking patterns and behaviors with positive ones. He will also learn to separate realistic from unrealistic thoughts and will receive “homework” to practice what is learned in therapy. These are techniques that your child can use immediately and for years to come."

    You and other interested readers may be interested in Dr. Jonathan Haidt's writings on this topic, including "safetyism" as a contributing factor to the increased incidence of anxiety among college youth.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    thank you very much for this article