Anxiety and the Teen Brain

Learning Objectives

1) What is anxiety (physiologically–brain and body) and how does chronic anxiety impact the developing brain from childhood into adulthood?

2) Why does anxiety seem to be so common among the current child/teen/young adult population? Where does anxiety come from?

3) How can therapists support/equip our young, anxious clients and their families?


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Siegel, D. J. (2012). The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind (1st ed.). Bantam.

Vine, M., Stoep, A. V., Bell, J., Rhew, I. C., Gudmundsen, G., & McCauley, E. (2012). ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN HOUSEHOLD AND NEIGHBORHOOD INCOME AND ANXIETY SYMPTOMS IN YOUNG ADOLESCENTS. Depression and Anxiety, 29(9), 824–832.


Learn more about Bridget Nash, LLPC


Spring Arbor University Alumni, Psychotherapist at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids and The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids, EMDR level II trained.

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