Why so many children now struggle with stress and anxiety

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Why so many children now struggle with stress and anxiety with Dr. Laura Hanson

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Today we’re going to continue the conversation we started in the previous episode, taking a closer look at anxiety and stress. Last week we talked about how the way a child develops impacts their ability to handle stress and anxiety. Today we’re going to talk a little bit more about this, but we’re going to talk about how stress and anxiety actually present in our brains, why so many children struggle with this, and how we approach this here at Connect My Brain.

Anxiety is on the rise in our children. It’s reported that 1 in 8 children are experiencing some type of anxiety and there are many reasons for this. Children’s lives have changed a lot over the past few years and thave different worries and challenges coming their way than children would have had one or two decades ago. Therefore, instead of looking at stress and anxiety as mental disorders, I look at them as developmental seasons in a child’s life and consider the question, “Did something happen that could have potentially led to the state this child is currently in?”. I cover lots of information in this episode including the development of worry, why movement is such an important tool to combat stress, the importance of allowing our children to make mistakes, outward signs that a child is experiencing anxiety, how our brains respond to stress and anxiety, and strategies that can help reduce chronic stress and anxiety.

In this episode, we cover:

  • Events that can impact a child’s development
  • Screen time is stealing from our kids
  • The link between movement, learning, and stress
  • Why we need to let our kids make some mistakes
  • The development of worry
  • Why the CDC’s change of developmental milestones is problematic
  • Why do we have so many children going in the wrong direction?
  • How chronic stress changes our brains
  • One way to help your child avoid or snap out of a panic attack
  • Outward signs that your child might have anxiety
  • How stress and anxiety show up in our brains
  • Neurofeedback and how it can help
  • How we expect the brain to act
  • How the brain acts in a state of chronic stress or anxiety
  • How we accomplish change at Connect My Brain

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Why is this happening to my kid and what can I do about it? If you’re the parent of a developmentally delayed child, you’ve probably asked this question more than once. That’s where I come in! I’m Dr. Laura Hanson and I specialize in identifying the “why” and telling you the “what.” Join me every Thursday for a deeper look at how our brains are wired and how to get the most out of your mind. Are you looking to break negative patterns, overcome mood disorders, or optimize your potential? Maybe your child struggles with ADHD, OCD or other learning difficulties. Tune in to Connect My Brain, where I explain concepts like biofeedback and neurofeedback, brainwave frequencies, and much more. Let me help you change your life by changing your mind! Contact me HERE.


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