Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
What did you think of “Angst”? We are thrilled with such a great turnout last night! Let’s continue the conversation! McLean area elementary teacher and mom Maria Pike shared this:
Tonight I had the pleasure of attending a screening of “Angst” put on by the Safe Community Coalition…Here are some of the big takeaways for me from the film and panel conversation:
- Anxiety disorders are treatable.
- Neuroplasticity of the brain is real. You can change the way you think about something.
- NAME IT TO TAME IT! Openly discuss exactly what you are feeling in order to bring down your anxiety.
- Parent modeling is SO important!! Tell your children when you are feeling anxiety/shame/fear and let them know that you are human too! Discuss ways that you manage your own anxiety.
- Exercise (!!!) and sleep (!!!!!) are so important for teenagers to help manage their angst.
Thanks, Maria! And thank you to Peggy Fox for moderating our panel. And thanks to our panelists McLean therapists Jennifer Weaver and Dr. Adrian Brown, McLean HS School Psychologist Beth Werfel and School Social Worker Marly Jerome-Featherson, and Kent Gardens ES School Psychologist Kayla Callister! Thank you to McLean High School and the PTSA for co-hosting with us! We’re hearing that other high schools will be showing it and hope that we have helped pave the way a bit.
Coming this Spring! Reducing Anxiety: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle
April 1, 7 P.M. Mclean Community Center Alden Theater
Anxiety is a very persistent master; when it moves into families, it takes over daily routines, schoolwork, bedtime, and recreation. Join us to learn strategies for breaking the worry cycle so we can raise courageous and independent children and improve the emotional functioning of our families.
Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons will discuss concrete strategies parents and educators can use with children and teens to handle current anxiety and also to prevent the development of anxiety and depression later in life.
Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and the companion book Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents. She is regularly featured on television and public radio, including Katie Couric and Morning Edition. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase.
SCC Board Member Elizabeth Hale and SCC Mental Health Committee member and McLean social worker Mimi Weisberg attended the Darkness to Light sexual assault training session at WUSA9 on Saturday, Nov. 17th with McLean mom and Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Peggy Fox. For more information about the program and to find more trainings, visit Darkness to Light.