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Beyond the Basics: Targeting Developmental Milestones in the Treatment of Anxie

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Beyond the Basics:  Targeting Developmental Milestones in the Treatment of Anxiety in Young Adults

Featuring: Dr. Anne-Marie Albano, PhD and Dr. Moira Rynn, MD

Dr. Anne-Marie Albano, PhD, ABBP, is a professor of medical psychology, a clinical psychologist and board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at 3 Columbus Circle, she also conducts research and train residents, fellows and psychology postdoctoral.

Dr. Moira Rynn is Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatric Anxiety and Mood Research Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center in New York. fellows and interns.

Webinar Description

Disability and distress associated with anxiety disorders can make young adults vulnerable to developmental impairments. A normal by-product of increasing responsibility and freedom, increased anxiety is expected throughout the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. But clinical anxiety may stall this transition, keeping a young adult dependent on family members and lagging in achieving age-appropriate tasks. Certain interactions characteristic of families may involve the parents’ perception that a young adult cannot handle responsibilities or will miss out on important opportunities and milestones such as social or academic tasks. Parental overinvolvement then interferes with advanced problem-solving, complex social-interpersonal skills, and self-regulation skills necessary for healthy and productive functioning. At times, anxiety is at a level where multimodal treatment with medication and CBT is necessary.

This webinar reviews the role and tasks of development in adolescents and young adults and ways in which anxiety interferes with achieving adolescent-to-adult transition milestones.