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Rising Concerns About Childhood Anxiety

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Childhood has always had its fears - from monsters under the bed, to sleep-away camp, to schoolyard bullies. But normal jitters, about these and other childhood challenges, become an issue when they interfere with regular activities, from riding the bus to going to bed at night. And this kind of debilitating anxiety seems to be on the rise: now affecting close to 1 in 5  kids. There are many possible reasons: from a media onslaught of frightening headlines, to fewer chances for outside play, to unaddressed anxiety among parents themselves, to the point where, our guest today says, anxiety disorders are the number one reason parents bring kids to a mental health professional. Monday on The Exchange, we’ll talk to New Hampshire-based author and therapist Lynn Lyons on this upward trend in fretful and fearful kids, and her new book, on what to do about it.

GUEST:

  • Lynn Lyons  –a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who lives in Concord, New Hampshire. She co-authored the new book “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” about the upward trend in childhood anxiety, and what parents can do to help.
Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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