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Navigating Teen Anxiety: Tools for Empowerment with Michelle McLendon

August 30, 2023 Switch Research Season 1 Episode 75
Therapy Talks
Navigating Teen Anxiety: Tools for Empowerment with Michelle McLendon
Show Notes

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In this episode, Michelle candidly discusses the alarming rise in anxiety and depression among teenagers, which she attributes to a myriad of factors. From the impact of social media's incessant comparison culture to the aftermath of traumatic events, Michelle's insights paint a vivid picture of the challenges our younger generation faces.

As Michelle delves into her therapy toolbox, she unveils the power of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Her approach, tailored for teens and adults alike, involves reshaping thought patterns and equipping individuals with effective coping mechanisms. Through controlled breathing, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques, she empowers her clients to combat the clutches of social anxiety.

In this Episode:

  • Learn about the factors contributing to the alarming increase in anxiety and depression among teenagers, including the influence of social media and the aftermath of traumatic events.
  • Overcome the stigma surrounding seeking mental health support.
  • Delve into the distinction between shyness and social anxiety. 
  • Recognize how social anxiety, marked by avoidance behaviors, can be more debilitating and the role of external factors, genetics, and learned behaviors in its development.
  • Discover the transformative potential of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. 

Michelle McLendon boasts more than two decades of versatile experience across diverse professional environments. Her expertise is assisting individuals grappling with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and other forms of distress. Michelle also extends her guidance to those facing challenges in adapting to life's transitions. Michelle is dedicated to collaborating with clients, facilitating their journey towards personal growth and self-improvement.

Find Out More About Michelle McLendon:
Website: https://www.startingpointcounseling.net

Learn More About Switch Research:
Website: https://switchresearch.org/
Instagram: @switchresearch

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