Low-cost Help Available for Children and Adolescents

Coping Skills Program for Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Attacks, or Obsessions/Compulsions

Teaneck, NJ (September 13, 2006) — Low-cost coping skills programs for children and adolescents with separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks or obsessions/compulsions are available at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, 131 Temple Avenue, Hackensack, NJ.

The coping skills programs are low-cost ($10 per session) and consist of about 10 individualized child and/or parent sessions. Each program emphasizes the teaching of specific coping skills to help manage a child or adolescent’s anxiety. In order to qualify for the program, parents must have a child eight to sixteen years of age.

Andrew R. Eisen, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and the director of the Clinic, will supervise the treatment programs led by advanced doctoral students in FDU’s clinical psychology program. The programs are part of ongoing research projects. A free evaluation is part of the program to help ensure that participants meet required criteria.

According to Dr. Eisen, the most common signs of separation anxiety include a fear of being alone during the day or night; worries about bad things happening to a parent (e.g., a car accident) or self (e.g., being kidnapped); refusing to let parents go out at night; afraid of being separated from a parent; nightmares involving themes of separation, refusal to sleep alone; or headaches and/or stomachaches when leaving parents.

The most common signs of social anxiety include a fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in social situations such as speaking, reading, or writing in front others, eating in public places, using public restrooms, athletic or musical performances, and going to parties.

The most common signs of panic attacks include difficulty breathing, palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, trembling or shaking. Panic attacks typically occur in the absence of stressful events (“out of the blue”). Children and adolescents may avoid a wide range of situations such as crowds, stores, public transportation, movie theaters, or being away from home due to the fear of having a panic attack.

The most common signs of obsessions are repetitive, uncomfortable thoughts of violence, contamination, and self-doubt. The most common signs of compulsions (rituals) include repetitive behaviors such as checking, touching, arranging, counting and cleaning (e.g., hand washing).

The deadline for registration and evaluation is October 31, 2006. The number of places are limited, so interested parents are encouraged to call Dr. Eisen at (201) 692-2593 or e-mail him at eisen@fdu.edu for information and specific requirements regarding participation.

Metropolitan Campus

Gretchen Johnson

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