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important. The speakers' responses to
professionals and parents were excel-
lent."
Dr. Jeff London, a Troy psychiatrist,
opened and closed the conference. He
is encouraged by the good research
available and by the support for evi-
Research Regarding Anxiety
denced based on therapy for anxiety
Among anxious children and adoles-
treatment.
cents, those with continuing anxiety
"Being able to see the images that
issues will account for the majority
show
the changes that take place in the
of adults with anxiety disorders and
brain
when
a child or teen shows anxi-
depression.
ety,
enables
us to get a better handle on
Pine again emphasized that most
the
problem:
he said. "It also demon-
children with anxiety do well when
strates
to
others
that anxiety issues are
they are followed over time. However,
a
major
concern:'
there is a small group of adults for
Anne McClain, counselor for the
whom their problems started in child-
Rochester Holy Family Regional School,
hood with chronic anxiety. These find-
said that the conference gave her a bet-
ings are similar to other mental illness
ter
sense of what approaches to use for
issues.
"The problem is that we can't predict handling a child's anxiety issues.
Social worker Lafarra Hemphill of
at the moment which child's anxiety
Detroit, who works for an in-home
will resolve and which child's will lead
health agency, said she now has a much
to chronic illness," he said.
better understanding of the
Much of Pine's cur-
benefits of medications for
rent research at the NIH
children.
(National Institutes of
Stephanie Snider of West
Health) focuses on the
Bloomfield, a social worker
brain. He reports that
at Troy Athens High School,
through brain imaging,
said, "I've done a lot of work
the amygdala, an almond-
with teens who have prob-
shape set of neurons
lems with depression and
located deep in the brain,
anxiety. This conference was
is more reactive in children
very informative."
who are at risk for anxiety
Continuing education
and depression then it is
Dan Serli n
credits were given to psy-
for healthy children. The
chologists, social workers and
amygdala is what plays a key
educators who attended the conference.
role in the processing of emotions, and
"The event came off brilliantly, and
is linked to both fear responses and
Robin Tobin Murav and Lita Zemmol
pleasure.
did an outstanding job of chairing and
It is hoped that brain research will
organizing the event: said Dan Serlin,
help science and medicine determine
the boundaries between those children Kadima president. "Because we put
together a major conference like this
who may be at risk for anxiety prob-
every two years, we're already discuss-
lems and those who have clinically
ing the possibility of putting together
significant anxiety issues.
a smaller conference or even a webinar
"Research about what takes place
for next year."
in the brain results in new ways of
thinking about how to treat anxiety
symptoms," he said. "Not that long ago,
More On Kadima
for example, we use to think that the
Kadima supports clients with
brains of people with anxiety were
schizophrenia and bipolar disor-
usually more sensitive to danger and
ders to be independent, connect-
tended to overreact. This is true to
ed and productive members of
some extent, but we also found that the
our community. Translated from
biggest differences between anxiety
Hebrew, the word Kadima means
patients and healthy people were in
moving forward.
their brains' reactions to more subtle
Kadima currently owns 23 resi-
threats and ambiguous situations.

often means dealing with the stigma
of mental illness. Fortunately, there are
many organizations and groups, such
as Kadima, that can help parents deal
with this concern.

Attendee Reactions
"The two question-and-answer
sessions were very helpful," said
Maribeth Krehbiel, principal of Burton
Elementary School in Huntington
Woods. "I brought along our school
social worker, two parents who are
psychologists and a fifth-grade teacher
because I believe this topic is so

dences where clients live securely
in a home-like and nurturing
atmosphere. Family advocacy and
support services are provided
for families of children with emo-
tional and behavioral disorders.
For more information, call (248)
559-8235 or go online to
kadimacenter.org .

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