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Navigating Anxiety As Our World Opens Up


Alleviating Anxiety with Acupuncture


Constant worry. Feeling nervous or on edge. Difficult concentration. Irritability. Insomnia. Fatigue. Muscle tension. These are some of the common symptoms of anxiety disorders as described by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Talk therapy and medications can help, but many people don’t realize that there is another treatment available, one that is natural, relaxing, and very effective . . . and one that may be covered by their health insurance: acupuncture.

Acupuncturist Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac. has made a speciality of helping people to relax, ease their minds, sleep better, and enjoy life. The motto of his practice is “Get Better,” and that’s exactly what he aims to deliver at Very Well Acupuncture in Roland Park.

Anxiety In Kids Doesn’t Always Look Like Anxiety


Anxiety in Kids

Anxiety. Just the word itself can be, well… anxiety producing! While it may be hard to define, we have all come to recognize the feeling of anxiety when we experience it – nervously prepping for a big interview, sweating in anticipation of a difficult conversation, pacing while awaiting the results of a medical test, and the list could go on!

For those of us with children in our lives, we’ve also likely witnessed them struggle with anxiety from time to time, whether they (or we) recognize it or not – crying at daycare drop off, stressing over a test, and the like.

So, how do we know when anxiety has crossed the line from normal to clinical? How do we recognize anxiety when it doesn’t fit this classic nervous mold? And, how can we support our little ones when they are experiencing big worries?

Most of us are able to identify anxiety as it comes up in our lives, and while we typically think of anxiety as an unpleasant experience, anxiety, in its most productive form, is actually quite useful. For example, if you weren’t worried about an upcoming test, you probably wouldn’t study or pass!

We also want our kids to experience a healthy dose of anxiety around expectations we’ve set for them. Worry about consequences like getting caught or getting hurt can be a big motivator when it comes to following the rules for both kids and adults alike.

Anxiety turns from productive to problematic when our experience overwhelms our ability to cope. While children are no different than adults in their feelings of anxiety, they have far fewer living experiences, less effective coping skills, and more limited communication skills. Therefore, children can experience more intense and frequent bursts of anxiety.

While there are many times that we are able to see and anticipate our children’s anxiety without much difficulty (for example, a child afraid to be in alone in the dark), sometimes anxiety can look less like nervousness and more like emotional or behavioral disruptions – making it more difficult to recognize.

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Michael Phelps Appears In New Documentary About Anxiety


Baltimore-native Olympian Michael Phelps is spreading the word bout anxiety in a new documentary.

Meditation Helps Ease Anxiety and Depression, Johns Hopkins Says

Photo by Sigurdas via Wikimedia
Photo by Sigurdas via Wikimedia

Ten percent of Americans take some form of medication to help deal with their anxiety and depression. But according to recent research from Johns Hopkins, they might consider just finding a peaceful spot and sitting quietly — because mindfulness-based meditation may be as effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as medication.

Go Worry Free in 2013: Here’s How


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I’ve just invented a game that has the power to change your life. Best of all, it will not cost you three easy payments of just $19.99. But it will take an investment of faith and the approximately five minutes it takes to read this piece.

Johns Hopkins’ Message to Current Students: The Future Is Not as Scary as it Seems


Today’s college students have it rough. Anyone who pays attention to the news has heard about how hard it is to find a job (or even an internship!), and how 53 percent of recent grads are either unemployed or underemployed. So it’s no wonder that many current students are afraid that in five years, they’ll have a diploma, a job waiting tables, and a spot sleeping on their parents’ couch. Wouldn’t it be nice if today’s college students could talk to a version of themselves five years in the future, just so the future-them could tell current-them that everything is probably going to work out okay?

What to Do Once Those Early Decision Answers Arrive


Johns Hopkins mailed out its early decision acceptances late last week — yes, that’s them in the photo — meaning that soon 561 eager prospective Blue Jays will be celebrating soon. (And, alas, that 898 will get less-than-happy news.)

As we noted before, lots of schools have seen a jump in ED applications, but Hopkins’s this year was quite significant; the school got nearly 10 percent more applications than last year. Our guess as to why? The university’s consistent and engaging online presence — for example, you can read here about what one admissions officer ate for breakfast on the day that admissions went out. Maybe that sounds silly or trivial, but kids in the midst of the college admissions race are often so consumed with anxiety that every little bit of data is soothing.

The Hopkins admissions team also understands the limits of the online platform. Admissions staff member Daniel Creasy posted a plea that students process the result — whatever it may be — offline:

“No matter what decision you receive, get off the computer after you receive your e-mail. This is a major milestone in your young life, and you should share your initial reactions and emotions with your family and those closest to you. These people have been there since the first moment of your life, and they will be there FOREVER. Your family is not some online community. Your family is not Facebook. Your family is not some anonymous screen name. Your family is not this blog. Please heed this advice. Receive your decision and sign off. Don’t update your Facebook status. Don’t post a comment on this blog. Share your thoughts and emotions in the REAL WORLD first. The virtual world will be there later for you to provide a social media spin on your news.  I say it every year … let the news sink in first. React in the real world before entering the cyber world.”

Wise words.

Early Decision Angst: Dartmouth Tells on Friday


This email came from a friend early this morning:

“Did you hear Dartmouth sent an email to all its ED applicants saying, ‘We know we told you we’d respond by 12/15, but we’re going to send you all emails with results by this Friday.’ There are some pacing, nauseous kids around!!

Somehow my daughter knows that 30 (local) kids have already been admitted ED into her first choice school. What an awful reality — she can actually keep real -time track of her likelihood of admission!!!”

Good luck to all the students anxiously awaiting to hear from schools. Keep in mind the perspective of our wise college intern, Arlo Shakur: “You get to do whatever you want pretty much, there are no parents around and you live with people your own age. College is great no matter where you go.”

No truer words were ever spoken.