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To top it off, it’s Back to School time!

For our East Coast community, the last few weeks have been very stressful. First, there was an earthquake, something we are definitely not accustomed to. Then, many of us suffered from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene (and now Lee). And while “mother nature” has been very busy these last few days, the beginning of September always means something else as well:

It’s time for kids to go back-to-school.

Now, I realize that having your kids go back to school is not the same as your house flooding. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by the recent storms. But the truth is, while going back to school is usually an exciting time for most parents and their children, some adolescents may start feeling overwhelmed and anxious when faced with the prospect of returning to the classroom.

Although a little nervousness in a new situation is common, severe anxiety can often interfere with school, family, and other responsibilities. Unfortunately, the number of adolescents and teens with Depression and anxiety disorders is rising as well.

If your child is having trouble falling or staying asleep, is complaining of stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, or shows signs of irritability or poor concentration, it may be time to call your pediatrician or healthcare provider.

With the help of a professional, adolescent and teen Depression and anxiety can be treated successfully through talking, relaxation techniques, medications, or a combination of therapies.

For more information on teen Depression and anxiety, please visit the following link, provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Thank you for reading!

Heather Steel