Don't forget the mini-summit, "Signs, Signals, & Support: Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents," which takes place this Friday, 9 March, from 10:30 am Slated to appear on the panel are: Dr. Debrin Goubert, psychiatrist and owner of Sewickley Mental Health Associates; Paula S. McCommons, EdD, director of the STAR Center at UPMC; Patrick McElfresh, PhD, a researcher from the University of Pittsburgh; and Sheree Kaiser, MSW, LSW, from Staunton Clinic. Following the panel’s presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session.
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA.org), anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). With treatment and support, children can learn how to successfully manage the symptoms of anxiety and depression and live a normal childhood.
This event is free and open to the public, and was coordinated by representatives from Laughlin Children’s Center, Quaker Valley School District, and Youth Connect.
Click here for an interesting article from the Post-Gazette on the pressures high school students face.
Have you seen the film "Race to Nowhere" yet? If not, stay tuned for details on the next local showing later this month!