Mommy, I’m Scared

March 25, 2009 by  
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Every parent has awakened to this lament. It’s important for parents to realize that a child’s fears are real and shouldn’t be discounted, said Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne psychologist who works with children. “For younger children, they are in the room by themselves with nothing to occupy them but their own thoughts, which can be very scary,” Panaccione said. “It’s legitimate... 

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What, Me Worry?

August 17, 2008 by  
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We all worry at times—some more than others. “Even children worry,” said Melbourne child psychologist Vicki Panaccione. If we let worry get out of hand, it leads to anxiety. And that can lead to all sorts of physical ailments. Panaccione says some people worry all the time. For them, anxiety becomes a way of life. These folks need therapy. Many people avoid treatment for anxiety disorders... 

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Repeated Storms Buffet the Psyche

September 4, 2004 by  
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A little anxiety about Hurricane Frances is a good thing. However, too much will only make you obsess. “We’re not as secure because our boat has gotten rocked so many times, with the weather and terrorists,” said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne licensed psychologist. “So, I think that when a hurricane is reported, you have that sense of anxiety, but it’s heightened because there’s... 

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