Parenting Practicals

Are You Contributing to Your Child’s Anxiety?

A new book by author and popular blogger, Jeannie Cunnion, takes a no-nonsense look at America’s anxiety epidemic and what parents can do to make the world a less stressful place for themselves and their children.

Writing for Fox News, Cunnion, the author of Mom Set Free: Find Relief fom the Pressure to Get It All Right, cites the alarming statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health which found that the most common mental-health disorder in the U.S. today is anxiety. At the current time, it is affecting nearly one-third of both adolescents and adults.

She goes on to quote from a recent article on the subject, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering from Severe Anxiety,” and shares two points:

  • Privileged youths are among the most emotionally distressed young people in America. These kids are incredibly anxious and perfectionistic.
  • For many of these young people, the…

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About the Author

Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., author and award winning journalist is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She is the staff journalist for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. She formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition to two historical fiction novels published by HarperCollins, she is also the author of a book on Carmelite prayer, "Lord Teach Us to Pray," published by The Catholic Standard and Times. Her book, "The Kinsey Corruption," which details the fraudulent research of Alfred C. Kinsey was published by Ascension Press. Susan also published "The Learn to Discern Compendium: Is It Christian or New Age?" with Simon Peter Press which has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She recently published the story of her conversion entitled, "We Need to Talk: God Speaks to a Modern Girl," published by Liguori Publications. Her most recent publication, which she co-authored with Johnnette Benkovic, is the "Young Women of Grace Study Program" which teaches girls ages 13-17 about what it means to be authentically feminine. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.