Saturday, March 1, 2014

ANXIETY: Help

It's quite simple sometimes.

4 comments:

Kay Trotter said...

If only it was that easy...The way parents respond to emotional situations significantly affects how well children learn to cope with their emotions. Children are continually learning how to care for themselves and need guidance in how to express and understand their feelings. Children who learn positive coping skills, such as stress reduction and relaxation, are better able to respond to and recover from difficult situations. This ability will serve them not only in childhood and adolescence but in adulthood as well, and will benefit their physical health and academic/work performance.

Viviane Schwarz said...

I didn't say easy. I didn't say children either. But yes, skills are useful.

Anonymous said...

No, you didn't say easy, or children. I'm not sure what this commenter is trying to achieve here, but it ain't working for me...

Thanks so much for sharing this project, Viviane. This work is remarkable and really necessary.

Anonymous said...

Also,
I came back because really, I've been thinking about this since yesterday and I'm still mad about that post (even though i'm obviously late to this party).

Some lingering 'harumphs!':

a) Parents are not always able to respond 'appropriately' to situations where their child is experiencing panic, anxiety or a night terror because they're terrified of those feelings themselves

b) Art is not a 'how to' guide. There is way more subtlety, understanding and compassion expressed in your illustration Viv, than in this poster's didactic response cut and pasted from their professional website.

c)Feelings around anxiety and fear mostly cannot be articulated through language. Your work here provides the reader (child or adult) with space to work through those moments with humour and lightness ("positive coping skills," let's call them).

That's it, I'm done now. This response is not posted for that commenter, but anyone else who comes down this path and thinks that person has any authority...