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70 - Teens, Anxiety, & Self-Esteem (feat. Lisa Schab)

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We’ve all seen the headlines in the past few years: adolescents seem to be wrestling with more anxiety than ever before. In this episode, we’re joined by Lisa Schab, LCSW who has written tons of mental health workbooks for teens. We talk about why the anxiety rates might be rising, the difference between stress & anxiety, what some practical skills are for individuals, and how adults can help in teens’ lives.

Books by Lisa Schab:

- The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
- Put Your Worries Here: A Creative Journal for Teens with Anxiety
- The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals
- The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens: 50 Simple Ways to Build Your Confidence Every Day
- Self-Esteem for Teens: Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want

Things we mention in this episode/other resources:
- Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour PhD
- Social Work Podcast interviews with Dr. Lisa Damour (part 1 / part 2)
- Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry by Sheila Achar Josephs PhD
- the Good News Network
- article: Have smartphones really destroyed a generation? We don’t know.
- movie: Angst

Connect with Lisa on her website or see all her books on Amazon.


- “Teens are at the perfect age to take in the information that’s helpful & healthy because they’re searching.” (tweet)
- “You combine kids that don’t have coping skills with a world that needs more coping skills and anxiety goes up.” (tweet)
- “Do you think and do you breath? Than you have 2 of the most important tools for managing anxiety.” (tweet)
- “Teens need to have hope and to feel like they can beat [anxiety].” (tweet)
- “If you’re not emotionally healthy & stable, it doesn’t matter what kind of grades you get.” (tweet)
- “One of the best things you can do for your kids is to be healthy yourself.” (tweet)
- “One of the keys to all anxiety management is we need to find what works for you.” (tweet)
- “If you have healthy self-esteem, you don’t have to walk around saying you’re great.” (tweet)

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Intro/Outro music for this episode is ‘Fall Down’ by Rivers & Robots.