anxiety

The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It's a big shift from summer's freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety.

"Going back to school is a transition for everyone," says Lynn Bufka, a practicing psychologist who also works at the American Psychological Association. "No matter the age of the child, or if they've been to school before."

Americans say they're feeling more stress, according to a survey released Wednesday by the American Psychological Association.

Americans rated their stress higher in January compared to last August, increasing from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale. That's the first significant increase in the 10 years that the association has been doing these polls.

Political tensions are at a fever pitch as an historically ugly presidential campaign draws to a close, and experts suggest constant political engagement could be building those anxieties.

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08/18/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents focuses on back to school anxiety in children.  Yes, some separation anxiety and fear are normal, but how can parents identify genuine anxiety that requires treatment as opposed to plain old back to the books blues and end of summer foot dragging?  What should parents do? We’ll visit with Jill Ehrenrich May… she’s a University of Miami Psychology Professor and Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program.

02/18/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at child and adolescent anxiety, and how it can unravel families.  Are kids more anxious today?  Does their fear stem from parental fretfulness?  We’ll speak with psychologist Dr.

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01/23/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with British sociologist and writer Roman Krznaric, author of HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?  Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.  He says people should embrace past wisdom and escape what he terms “status anxiety.”  He’ll join us from London.  Also, Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with wine columnist Fred Tasker.  She’ll tell us about a new diet meal delivery service.  That’s Topical Currents Thursday at 1pm.