Differences between anxiety and normal worry

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Differences between anxiety and normal worry

I was just talking to a mom this week about the difference between abnormal anxiety and routine, day-to-day worry. One of the things that I recommend for parents is to pay attention to your gut. If something seems like it's of concern, pay attention to that. Other things that you can be looking for are the frequency, intensity and duration of the worry and anxiety. Ask yourself how easy is it or how is it for your daughter to let that worry go, how is she able to bounce back. And then, come back to your gut. If you see her really struggling, think about getting professional help.

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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