‘Let Them Read Books’: Stories as Stress-Busters

Stress is everywhere. Most recent estimates are that 1 in 4 teens
are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. We've seen these numbers
explode in recent years following traumatic weather disasters like
Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Along with poverty, food insecurity and
pollution, stress is a major environmental factor negatively impacting
other health conditions like asthma. What has been the medical
system's response? Predictably, medication prescriptions for conditions
like anxiety, depression and ADHD
have risen dramatically in recent years. At times, these drugs can be
lifesaving, but they are widely over-prescribed and have significant
potential adverse effects. The good news is that we have safer, equally
effective and less expensive alternatives readily available.

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– Originally published in the Huffington Post

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