Flusterclux: Fix Anxiety With Lynn Lyons LICSW

Flusterclux: Fix Anxiety With Lynn Lyons LICSW

Parenting isn't easy in the best of circumstances, and 2020 will challenge every parent to support the emotional health of their kids and themselves. Lynn Lyons, therapist, author, and speaker is one of the world's experts on helping parents, kids, and teens manage anxiety. She talks with co-host and sister-in-law Robin Hutson in a weekly podcast free of psychobabble and full of concrete advice. Flusterclux represents that feeling of overwhelm and tells parents how to better manage their worry and big feelings like anger and sadness so that they are modeling healthy emotional awareness. In each episode, Lynn answers listener questions and gives parents concrete strategies for developing the traits that are their kids' best defenses against anxiety and depression later in life: flexibility, resilience, autonomy, and problem solving. Find us at flusterclux.com https://www.facebook.com/flusterclux https://www.instagram.com/flusterclux/... Show More

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October 23, 2020 38 min

Winter is coming; let's talk about how to prevent depression. While 2020 has put anxiety center stage, there are risk factors that can bring about depression, too. What are they? And if you have them, what can you do? We'll answer that question in this week's episode of Flusterclux with Lynn Lyons, the show for real talk about worry and other big feelings in parenting.

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Lynn references Michael Yapko, one of her prof...

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:40 Lynn cites the American Psychological Association research, 68% of adults say currently that the election is “a significant source of stress.”

19:39 Lynn references a past episode that talks about when parents argue  and model a resolution verses the vitriol of political debates among family members.

29:04 And Robin recommends all three seasons of Long Way Up starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as an antidote for election ...

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1:13 We’re going to do a progress report for students this fall.

4:04 HOW TO SUPPORT YOUNG LEARNERS THIS FALL

7:15 MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND REMOTE LEARNING

13:01  HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, and ACADEMIC PRESSURE

17:56 Our affiliate link will get you $20 off a Circle to manage your kids’ screen time at home. 

18:22  A LISTENER QUESTION: THE CHILD THERAPIST RELATIONSHIP

“I have a 17 year old daughter with general and social anxiety that is seeing a...

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0:55 Lynn mentions an eating disorder called avoidant restrictive food intake disorder that came out in the latest edition of the DSM five, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fifth Edition of Psychiatric Diagnosis.

6:22 Robin shares a parenting hack to introduce new fruits or vegetables to young children.

8:47 Robin suggests a game called eat your face, where you take a variety of cut up fruits and vegetables to start design facia...

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1:09 

Lynn describes the connection of perfectionism and anxiety in adults and kids she treats and suggests parents start looking at themselves and the messages around perfectionism they are sending.

Robin references the book The Conscious Bride.

11:23 

Lynn mentions the episode when she refers to the marital snort.

13:52 

Lynn discusses the connection between perfectionism and procrastination and signs of perfectionism in children.

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Lynn references the three prior episodes on the arc of diagnosis in anxiety and depression and what to notice in your child and what to do if you have a diagnosis and helping your child get the best treatment.

3:02 

Robin mentioned in one of our first episodes the powerful that when children see us being playful, it’s telling them that they are safe— that the world is okay.

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Lynn references an amazing podcast on bias with Jordan H...

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Join the Flusterclux Facebook group so that you can ask your question on a future episode.

Suggested Reading

Don't Say That Depression Is Caused by a Chemical Imbalance

Stressors and chemical imbalances: Beliefs about the causes of depression in an acute psychiatric treatment sample.

Suggested Viewing

Lynn Lyons' Teen Anxiety and Depression Webinar

Michael Yapko's Keys to Unlock Depression: 
Why Skills Work Better Than Pills

 

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1:00  Lynn provides an overview of getting a child a mental health diagnosis and asks th4e questions all parents should consider. How do you get one? Do you need one?

8:26 Lynn explains the right way to think about a diagnosis and its role in treating a child or teen. She explains a child’s diagnosis is often a family diagnosis and references the book Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents that give families a roadmap after an anxiety diagno...

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Parenting isn't easy in the best of circumstances, and 2020 will challenge every parent to support the emotional health of their kids and themselves.  

Flusterclux represents that feeling of overwhelm and tells parents how to better manage their worry and big feelings like anger and sadness so that they are modeling healthy emotional awareness.

Lynn Lyons, therapist, author, and speaker is one of the world's experts on helpin...

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Show Notes

0:34 Lynn and Robin discuss the new season of Flusterclux and describe who the podcast is for. Lynn describes emotional management as a goal for her therapy clients and her own family and why it is such a critical skill to strengthen relationships and prevent loneliness.

6:10 Robin and Lynn discuss the reason behind the name change from A Mom’s Retreat to Flusterclux.

8:46 Robin asks Lynn how families can tell if anxiety an...

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:037 Robin reads the first of three listener questions in the episode. the first question. A mom asks how to help her six-year-old son who says other kids hate him.

Lynn provides guidance on improving social skills as a life-long challenge, learning to take criticism, and learning to play with more flexibility.

12:06 The second listener question involves a family who experienced a traumatic accident while hiking together wh...

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0:49  Robin reads the first question from listeners.

Hi, I’m a school counselor in an elementary school. The return to school has many parents, myself included, anxious. With that said, how do you suggest I coach parents on supporting students prior to the return date? We know kids are picking up their cues from the adults. They’re surrounded by and many times those adults are unintentionally feeding student fears. How can I assist ...

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0:31  HOW TO HELP SIBLINGS STOP FIGHTING

“How to best deal with sibling fights being stuck at home for such an extended time. All the extra emotions everyone is feeling siblings are fighting way more than usual. What can I do?”

0:54 Lynn differentiates between the two kinds of sibling fights. One is that it’s mostly verbal and yelling and calling each other names or arguing over who gets to sit where on the couch, etc. And the other ...

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For our summer bonus episodes, Lynn is answering  listener questions. 

"Help. I do not recognize my newly turned 13-year-old, she is exhibiting behavior I never would have anticipated. She has a thrill for adrenaline and constantly asking me about stupid things I did as a kid, and I feel like I'm mourning the sweetest little girl I've ever known. She recently confessed that she has attempted cutting which absolutely floo...

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 The research shows this pandemic has been disruptive to our families in significant ways. It's putting our marriages and relationships to the test. Collegial coparenting is critical. 

So as we share the parenting load, there are traps we all fall into with our partners and spouses. Lynn talks  about asking for help in the right way, dropping defensiveness,  resentment, and  learning not to take the wrong things personally.

In th...

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Summer's here, and after our spring, we all would like to have some special summer moments outside with our families. In this episode, Lynn Lyons discusses how to handle common reactions from children.

Maybe your child is anxious the virus and doesn't want to ease back into normal activities. Maybe your older kids are wanting to be too social or not social enough.

We unpack boredom and its connection to creativity and unstruc...

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This has been a crazy 2020. I mean, things were changing month by month, then week by week now, day by day, and what I'm hearing and perhaps what you're experiencing as parents is that kids are feeling more emotional. Maybe you're seeing an uptick in their anxiety, they're a little more withdrawn, more depressed, maybe there's an increasing feeling of anger or fear or frustration about what's going on in the...

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As the world reacts to the Black Lives Matter movement. we discuss how emotional management can help white people handle white fragility and why families should stop the cycle of raising colorblind children.

We provide additional resources for our listeners to read, watch, and listen to for themselves and their children.

Articles for Therapists, Teachers, and Parents

  • An Invitation to White Therapists
  • Specific, Candid, and Helpful Respo...
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    What did you learn about handling anger, sadness, and worry as a child from your family? How does that affect your parenting? We unpack our family baggage in this episode to see how we can stop dysfunctional generational patterns and give our kids the space for healthy feelings.

    This is a very special episode about three of the most powerful patterns that shape not just our relationships with our families, partners, children, and fr...

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