One in five people have a mental health illness. Of that number, a very high percentage are diagnosed with various types of anxiety. Anxiety is a tricky mental health diagnosis with multiple different faces and many approaches. From children to adults, anxiety can target anyone. It can be paralyzing, or in healthy doses it can fuel a desire to excel at a sport, career, or presentation. So how do you know when anxiety is our of control? How do you know how and when to treat anxiety? Does anxiety run in families? You betcha. So how does an anxious parent help control a child’s anxiety when they can’t manage their own worry?
Simply put anxiety is the result when worry gets too big. Our own @inkscrblr Paula Schuck wrote a piece about anxiety last year for Today’s Parent and has personal experience in her family with managing and treating anxiety. But tonight we welcome Laurel Crossley-Byers, aka @optimom. Crossley-Byers is a Schuck family not so secret weapon! Opti-Mom is a bit of a social media rockstar. She tweets at Optimom. Her web site is here: http://www.opti-mom.ca/ and she has a strong presence on Facebook and other media too. She is a life coach, TV host and speaker. Fondly called Auntie Laurel by the kids she helps via Skype and in person, Laurel has a quirky humorous side and occasionally peppers her tweets with affectionate: Kittens and Tee Hees and Snorts. Laurel is a one woman dynamo who has helped many people of all ages tackle anxiety and stress. She instructs classes on meditation occasionally as well.
Laurel is a mom of two and she has an amazing insight into how to calm the anxieties of tweens and teens. She works often with gifted children and children who have a variety of special needs and talents. We can’t wait to learn more from Laurel tonight at 8 p.m. EST. Tee Hee!
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