We all experience worry or anxiety at various levels when opening up to something new or different. It becomes an active struggle to avoid the butterflies in the stomach or the tightness in the chest that may come with the thought of the potential ‘what ifs’. Learning how to overcome this and turn worry from toxic to working is an ongoing process. This week’s blog focuses on tips to fighting toxic worry.
Depression presents differently throughout early childhood and into adulthood. We have done our best to present an overview of what you might see in a child who is depressed at the preschool age, elementary age and/or in adolescence. As well as some starting strategies in helping your child through this difficult stage.
In the course of our lives we go through a wide array of emotions; joy over hearing good news, anger after being cut off in traffic, fear of something new, and sadness from losses and disappointments. All of these emotions can be very normal and healthy and a necessary part of life. We grieve when we lose someone we love, we laugh when we hear a joke, we become scared of things that could hurt us; but how do we know when we have pushed past normal and healthy responses to something that could be more and perhaps need outside help to find our way back to a sense of balance?