Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Youth
Date and Time:
May 8 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium
385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093
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Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Psychologist, author, New York Times columnist, and "Ask Lisa" podcast co-host

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Youth

Anxiety | Parenting | Psychology | Stress | Youth

In her new book, the instant New York Times bestseller Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, Lisa Damour, Ph.D. presents an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. Dr. Damour details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help parents to reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures that our culture places on girls and young women.

In the engaging, anecdotal style and reassuring tone that won over thousands of readers of her first book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions of Adulthood, Dr. Damour starts by addressing the facts about psychological pressure. She explains the surprising and underappreciated value of stress and anxiety: that stress can helpfully stretch us beyond our comfort zones, and anxiety can play a key role in keeping girls safe.

For this FAN event, Dr. Damour will talk about stress and anxiety not just in girls, but in all youth. She will focus on the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety, and she will offer research- based practical solutions to help young people manage tension, toxic stress, and worries. She will also give advice on how to help youth build strength and confidence.

Dr. Damour is a psychologist, author, teacher, and consultant. She writes the monthly “Adolescence” column for the Well Family section of the New York Times and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and is also the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.