3 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Anxiety and Trauma Reaction

Posted Posted in Angela Gonnella, Anxiety, Trauma

Many people label a variety of stressful or uncomfortable experiences  as “anxiety.” However, sometimes that experience may be more than just “anxiety.” A deeper look may reveal that there are painful, traumatic experiences that’s creating the emotional stress.  When you hear the word “trauma” or “trauma reaction”, you may be confused about what this means. […]

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Anger or Anxiety? – Why Anxiety Can Look Like Rage and What You Can Do About It

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber

Anger or Anxiety When you think of someone struggling with anxiety, what picture comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you might envision a worry wort or a panic-stricken individual. And you’d be right. Anxiety does manifest itself through worry and panic. But it disguises itself in other ways, too. Namely, behind the mask […]

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7 Ways to Take the Trauma Out of Epinephrine Use During an Anaphylactic Reaction

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies

As a food allergy parent, one of your biggest fears may be an anaphylactic reaction. Rightly so,  these multi system life threatening reactions to an allergen create a chain reaction in the body. The immune system releases a flood of chemicals that can compromise the functioning of bodily organs.  As a food allergy parent myself, […]

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Tips to Manage Back to School Anxiety: Elementary School (Video)

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children, Lauren Stein

Lauren Stein, LMFT gives parents tips on how to help their first grader with back to school anxiety. In this video she talks about: Facilitating your child’s socialization The importance of extracurricular activities Your role and responsibilities in in anxiety management for your child     To learn more about how to help your child […]

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8 Tips to Become a Less Stressed Food Allergy Parent (Part 4 of 4)

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies, Parents, Uncategorized

In our previous blog, we talked about helping teens with food allergies and anxiety. In this fourth, and final blog in the series, we will be discussing how stress goes hand in hand with being a food allergy parent.  You worry about food, checking ingredient lists, accidental exposures, healthy eating, and cross contamination.  You worry […]

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Food Allergies and Anxiety (Part 3 of 4): Helping Teens

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies, Teens, Uncategorized

Last time, we talked about young children with food allergy related anxiety.  In this third article in our series, we look at teens with food allergies who start to experience heightened anxiety.  Adolescence is full of changes and adjustments that create additional stress for teens.  Peer dynamics shift, thinking becomes more complicated, and teens crave […]

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Food Allergies and Anxiety (Part 2 of 4): Helping Young Children

Posted Posted in Anxiety, Children, Fawn McNeil-Haber, Food allergies, Uncategorized

In the first part of our series, we discussed what anxiety related to food allergies may look like.   This time, we look at the unique ways elementary school children show anxiety and how to help. Signs of anxiety in young children Repeated reports of headaches, stomachaches and other physical pains Clinginess including unwillingness to separate […]