Dr Karen Cassiday is a lively, sought-after speaker and commentator on national media such as Nightline, The Today Show, Animal Planet, The Joy Behar Show, Huffington Post, public radio and many more. She is a TEDx speaker who shared her personal experience as a mother overcoming her own anxious perfectionism in the middle of Walt Disney World! She is the host of the Moms Without Worry radio show.
When Dr. Cassiday was asked " How better can we help adolescents in managing the anxiety around CVS, she responded "
The really rough part of having CVS that triggers anxiety for teens is twofold. There is anticipation of known pain and suffering and there is the uncertainty of not knowing how and when the condition of CVS will resolve.
Parents who want to help their teens with these two phenomena, need to respond with empathy and calm confidence in their teens ability to develop strength and resilience in the face of suffering. They need to talk to their child like this when their teen expresses sorrow, feeling victimized by CVS or hopeless about the future, I know that your life can still be good and you can still accomplish many things even though CVS might interrupt things. CVS is not going to define who you are."