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Erica Komisar, LCSW is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for over 30 years. She is a psychological consultant and contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and more. Erica is the author of "Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters", and "Chicken Little the Sky Isn't Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the NewAge of Anxiety".

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Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello @MegMeekerMD


Adolescents today experience anxiety & depression in ways that past generations rarely did. Join guest Erica Komisar LCSW, as she shares timely & insightful information for parents from her newest book, “Chicken Little, The Sky Isn’t Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety”.


Adolescence is typically a traumatic time, with hormonal shifts, puberty, shifting social scenes, identity formation - all contributing factors that can make kids vulnerable to anxiety and depression. And in today’s society, everything has been amp’d up, creating more stress in kids’ lives than ever before. Bombarded with increased academic pressure, social pressures, and expectations to be more adult-like earlier and earlier in their lives, adolescents are often dealing with anxieties that are above and beyond what they can emotionally handle. There is good news though! Parents can offer their children hope through being their emotional home-base. Guest Erica Komisar explains how adolescence actually stretches from age 9 – 25, giving parents another chance after early childhood to build the emotional foundation needed to become the secure home-base for their adolescent child.


Guest Erica Komisar and Dr. Meg continue their conversation, shedding light on topics that parents may find themselves facing as they raise their adolescent children:

·   How reacting strongly to your child’s expression of their individuality can cause them to become rebellious

·   How to handle gender or sexual identity issues that your child may be experiencing

·   The importance of remaining calm and non-judgmental through adolescent phases, which are often only temporary

·   How ADHD and learning issues affect a child’s development, self esteem and mood

·   Plus much more!


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