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Your child doesn't want to go to school. It's a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with.

But what if your child refuses to go to school?

Mental health professionals and educators say what used to be considered run-of-the-mill truancy could actually be something else. Some cases of chronic absenteeism are now being called "school refusal," which is triggered by anxiety, depression, family crises and other traumatic events. It can lead to weeks or even months of missed school days.

Take a deep breath in through your nose, and slowly let it out through your mouth. Do you feel calmer?

Controlled breathing like this can combat anxiety, panic attacks and depression. It's one reason so many people experience tranquility after meditation or a pranayama yoga class. How exactly the brain associates slow breathing with calmness and quick breathing with nervousness, though, has been a mystery. Now, researchers say they've found the link, at least in mice.

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Tracy Ross and Dr. Michael Bordieri discuss the idea that Halloween can be a fun and effective time to practice exposure therapy to help treat anxiety issues.

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On Sounds Good, Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss the psychological benefits of pet ownership and pet therapy.

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A commonly accepted fact in treatment that when you want to help people suffering from anxiety, you want to get rid of the fear. New research has shown, however, that fear may actually be helpful in treating anxiety. On Sounds Good, Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss using fear as a treatment method for some mental health issues.

We might not be able to remember every stressful episode of our childhood.

But the emotional upheaval we experience as kids — whether it's the loss of a loved one, the chronic stress of economic insecurity, or social interactions that leave us tearful or anxious — may have a lifelong impact on our health.

Children of anxious parents are more at risk of developing an anxiety disorder. But there's welcome news for those anxious parents: that trajectory toward anxiety isn't set in stone.

Therapy and a change in parenting styles might be able to prevent kids from developing anxiety disorders, according to research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry Friday.

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With classes starting at Murray State University and in schools across the region, it's an exciting time but can also be a time for worry. Test anxiety is relatively common, says Dr. Michael Bordieri of the MSU Department of Psychology, affecting about 20% of students from elementary age to medical students. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Bordieri on strategies for dealing with test anxiety.

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The public speaking joke goes: some people would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy at a funeral. Public speaking and being around others can be anxiety provoking situations, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Bordieri on understanding and strategies for overcoming social anxiety.

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Panic attacks are relatively common. About one in five Americans will experience a panic attack in their lifetime, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. It's the sudden onset of fear, similar to the fight or flight response, where our heartbeat starts racing, our palms feel sweaty, our breathing is faster, we may feel uneasy and tense, like we're losing control or having a heart attack. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Borideri on identifying panic attacks and panic disorder and how to receive treatment.

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