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Summertime Anxiety: Why Anxiety Increases when Stress Decreases

“I’m worried about getting sick. I wonder if I might die,” says a perfectly healthy eight-year-old on her first week of summer break. “I can’t stop thinking about that text I sent,” a teenage boy says just a few hours later. “It was the wrong thing to say. I shouldn’t have asked her out. I […]

Structuring Summer Eases Anxiety

Many anxious kids are already getting nervous. It isn’t because of standardized testing or that they’re stuck in school while the weather is beautiful outside. It’s because summer is coming and with summer comes anxiety. How could kids POSSIBLY be anxious in summer? There isn’t homework or tests or long hours sitting in a desk. […]

The Anxiety of Summer

Most anxious kids don’t like summer.  There’s too much time (unstructured time, that is) and too many questions. What are we going to do today? What’s next? How much longer until we go to the park?  These are the questions anxious kids don’t have to answer during the school year.  School provides structure day in […]