There’s been an alarming increase in the levels of stress and anxiety experienced by girls from elementary school to college. Research indicates the number of girls who say they often feel nervous, worried or fearful jumped 55% from 2009 to 2014, while anxiety levels for boys remained unchanged. Joining us on this episode is New York Times bestselling author and clinical psychologist Lisa Damour, who’s witnessed this in her own research, private practice, and at the all-girls school where she consults. Lisa writes about the problem and what we can do about it in her new book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. She also writes the monthly Adolescence column for The New York Times.
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