Dr. Dana Dorfman wrote her book WHEN WORRY WORKS to help parents manage the stresses of adolescent achievement culture and to make decisions which align with their values, rather than their anxiety. WHEN WORRY WORKS responds to one of the primary sources of the nation's worsening adolescent mental health crisis – achievement pressure.
WHEN WORRY WORKS responds to one of the primary sources of the nation’s worsening adolescent mental health crisis – achievement pressure. Burdened by the mounting pressures on today’s youth, parents seek ways to strike the balance between supporting their teens’ current well-being while also setting them up for future success. Eager to take action and to manage their escalating fears, parents inadvertently and unknowingly exacerbate the problem by overlooking their own parental achievement anxiety.
Based on thirty years of clinical practice and her experiences raising her own teenagers in New York City, the work demonstrates that when parents become aware of their individual anxieties and learn to effectively manage them, they are empowered to make values aligned, rather than worry driven parenting decisions. Dr. Dorfman provides practical evidence-based parenting strategies, exercises, and reflective prompts to guide parents through a process to constructively apply to their day-to-day parenting decisions.