I get asked a lot if our program can help anxiety. That is a great question. The truth is that anxiety can have many different origins. Researchers are currently in the process of trying to determine more specifics on the causes of anxiety and how to treat it.
I recently read an informational article on anxiety called “Understanding Anxiety Disorders”.
1 in 3 children will experience anxiety during their childhood.
The article quoted one researcher who stated that 1 in 3 children will experience anxiety during their childhood and adolescence. No big deal right? Everybody worries sometimes. The actual problem comes when a person’s anxiety interferes with their ability to complete tasks. For example in children, the inability to take a test, the inability to concentrate because of worry, the inability to ask questions because of fear of shame, the list goes on. For adults it is the same type of responses just related to adult tasks, social interaction, work expectations, lack of concentration.
Many of the parents and children I meet with express the same concerns. They are struggling and do not know what to do. The interesting thing is that many times the school professionals admit they do not know how to help having tried traditional methods of intervention.
Brain Works Approach
Brain Works develops specific reflexes used to increase a person’s ability to learn and concentrate. Time and time again we see children who successfully complete the Brain Works program report decreased anxiety in school involved activities. Parents have reported an increase in their child’s confidence to be successful at school. Many parents have also reported an increase in their child’s self-esteem. As abilities increase, anxiety in many aspects of learning decreases.
One of my favorite quotes on anxiety goes:
“The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.” -Daniel Goleman
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Eric is an owner of Brain Works Idaho and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).