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How can we prevent stress in children?
by Linda Egenes
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20 February 2012
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The article features the conclusion of an in-depth interview with William Stixrud, Ph.D.,* a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in learning, attention, and emotional disorders. Dr. Stixrud is also an adjunct faculty member at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Responding to the question stated in the headline, Dr. Stixrud emphasizes that getting enough rest is key to preventing and alleviating stress. He mentions sleep, but spends the most time discussing the Transcendental Meditation technique:
'The role of Transcendental Meditation is to provide deep rest to the nervous system, deeper than sleep. It provides this deep rest while making the mind more alert. It's this combination that creates more resilience under stress.'
'The TM technique is really good for the developing brain,' he adds. 'Teenagers can do it really easily. They have a center, a core of peacefulness and happiness inside themselves that they can access. The more they do it, the more they find they are less reactive to stress. And if they do get stressed, it goes away faster. . . . It makes kids less at risk for all manner of physical and stress-related problems,' including heart-related and obesity-related problems.
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See also the earlier parts of the interview with Dr Stixrud:
∙ Four things to know about stress: What it is, what it does, how to deal with it, how to prevent it - Dr William Stixrud
∙ What is stress? An expert discusses effects on the brain
∙ How can we keep stress from having an adverse effect on us?
* Dr Stixrud is coauthor of a recent study published in Mind & Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry showing effects of Transcendental Meditation in improving brain functioning in students with ADHD.
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