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Anxiety Group for Middle-School Aged Females at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Led by: Ronnie Hormel, MA, LLPC, NCC and Jessica Garrett, PhD, LLP, NCSP

Dates: Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 15 from 11 am – 1 pm

Target audience: Middle-school aged females (11-14 y/o) struggling with anxiety and social skills

Rationale: Anxiety occurs in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at risk than boys. Before puberty, the prevalence of mood disorders is about the same in boys and girls – 3-5%. But by mid-adolescence girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20%.

In addition to the effects of anxiety itself, there are also add-on effects that may cause lifelong issues. Anxiety, and the withdrawal that may accompany it, is a detrimental risk to social and academic progress. Thus, early intervention at this age is critical.

Goals for the Group: Provide group participants with coping skills to aid in lessening their anxiety; utilizing cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques as well as some mind/body work (i.e., progressive muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing). Participants will learn to recognize their anxiety and problem solve their worries.