Helping Kids Manage the Anxiety and Stress of the Holidays

Helping Kids Manage the Anxiety and Stress of the HolidaysThe holidays can be a time of fun and lots of festivities. But what people often underestimate is how stressful they can be for both adults and kids. Winter break, traveling to see family, late nights with friends can all take their toll.

But, Dr. Marcia Slattery, UW Health child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of the UW Anxiety Disorders Program explains that what’s really at the root of the stress is that we lose our daily routine. Read more

Back to Life, Back to Reality: High School and Adolescent Sleep

Teen Sleep PatternsIt’s official: there is about one month left of summer before school starts up for most adolescents.  While there’s a lot to talk about at this time of year – everything from insect repellent for those nasty mosquitoes to the high rates of underage drinking at summer music festivals – I’m going to focus on a conversation that I find myself in with many of my teenage patients at this time of year:

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Sleep and the College Student

shutterstock_218779564Cramming for exams, research, work, even late-night parties – there are many things that compete for a college student’s time and sleep is often the first thing to go. But getting an adequate amount of sleep is important for a student’s overall health and well-being.

On average, a young adult should get eight to nine hours of sleep. When a person experiences a chronic lack of adequate sleep, there can be numerous and sometimes significant side effects, including:

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