After a Trauma

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, or elsewhere, many people may find themselves struggling with symptoms of anxiety, stress and even posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.


The news of the latest terrorist attacks may trigger anxious thoughts and feelings in those who have experienced or witnessed life-threatening events.

Treating Anxiety and Depression in the Transitional Years (Ages 18-25)

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
and
Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Columbia University Medical Center

Co-Clinical Director, Youth Anxiety Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Albano describes the so-called transitional years, or emerging adults ages 18 to 25, and what makes this a unique group when it comes to treating anxiety, OCD, and depression.

Selective Mutism

Children who refuse to speak in situations where talking is expected or necessary, to the extent that their refusal interferes with school and making friends, may suffer from selective mutism.

Children suffering from selective mutism may stand motionless and expressionless, turn their heads, chew or twirl hair, avoid eye contact, or withdraw into a corner to avoid talking.

I’m a Comedian, and I’m Depressed

Chonda Pierce, comedianEver wonder what depression feels like? Here’s a hint: Take a pillowcase full of rocks and strap it to the top of your head. Now put on a dark pair of sunglasses — indoors. Leave those things on for about a week. Until you begin to see the world through a dark film that never gets lighter, and it takes a very conscious effort to hold your head up. That is what depression feels like on a good day.