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What: Dr. David H. Rosmarin, PhD to release book addressing nationwide anxiety crisis When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 7 pm
Where: White Plains High School, 550 North St, White Plains, NY 10605
Harvard Psychologist/Author: Spirituality Plays Essential Role in Mental Health
Dr. David H. Rosmarin, PhD, to release new book in Westchester County, which has partnered with faith leaders on Mental Health
WHITE PLAINS, NY. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, approximately one in three American adults experienced an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives (almost one in five, at any point in time). Among teens, the situation was even more dire: almost one in three American adolescents experience an anxiety disorder each year. With mental
health cases higher than ever, the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health and the Child Care Council of Westchester are co-hosting a presentation by an eminent clinical psychologist. Dr.
David H. Rosmarin is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, runs the Center for Anxiety in three states, and will speak about his new book, Thriving with Anxiety: 9 Tools to Make Anxiety Work for You at White Plains High School on Wednesday, October 18th at 7 pm.
Dr. Rosmarin, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, a program director at McLean Hospital, and Founder of the Center for Anxiety, which provides treatment to over 1,000 patients/year in multiple states. Dr. Rosmarin is an international expert on spirituality and mental health, and his work has been featured in Scientific American, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
The book offers new evidence-based self-help without drugs for those suffering from anxiety and depression.
Based on his decades of research, Dr. Rosmarin found that “anxiety itself is not a problem, and nothing is wrong with you for having anxiety. The mere experience of anxiety is normal—in fact it is a positive thing,… Once we realize that, we never need to catastrophize about anxious feelings.”
In Thriving with Anxiety, he presents nine easy-to-follow strategies and demonstrates how readers can harness the power of anxiety to learn about themselves, deepen their relationships with others, and achieve their goals. Readers learn how to use anxiety as a tool to be more self-aware, self-accepting, and resilient.
A key part of Dr. Rosmarin’s research includes a person’s need for a sense of meaning and he innovates methods for clinicians to address life’s spiritual dimension. He has published over 100 manuscripts, editorials, and chapters, and served as co-editor of the Handbook of Spirituality, Religion and Mental Health.
“I believe,” said Dr. Rosmarin, “that many current approaches to anxiety fall short because they are predicated entirely on the medical model. Typically, people seek to eliminate—or at least reduce—their anxiety. Of course, no one wants to live an anxious life, but the best tools for living with anxiety involve learning to be self-compassionate, connect with others, and increase our capacity to tolerate adversity, discomfort, and uncertainty.”
In 2020, Westchester County embraced the value of spirituality and religion in addressing mental health problems like anxiety and suicide, organizing the Faith-Based Mental Health Initiative, a coalition of more than 100 clergy from the county’s religious institutions. They are trained by professionals on mental health awareness and suicide prevention in a program called “Soul Shop.” In addition to the training, the Initiative created a Faith-Affirming Directory, containing 59 therapists in the county who incorporate spirituality in their treatment plans.
Dr. Rosmarin says anxiety can be a catalyst for spiritual growth, “For example, anxiety can remind us of our human limitations, thus helping us be grateful and humble. Further, by accepting the limits of our control, we can learn to maintain equanimity even in times of challenge and struggle. Most of all, anxiety can help us maintain hope and faith in ourselves as we drive with fortitude toward fulfilling our life goals and dreams.”
The presentation at White Plains High School will include a panel of experts from Westchester nonprofit mental health providers, such as NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Westchester, and WJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Services), who will talk about their programs.
Dr. William Mullane, a psychologist and Director of Inn0vation at WJCS, noted that anxiety is linked to more serious mental health conditions, “Anxiety often prompts people to self-medicate and 50% of those with a mental health issue also have co-occurring substance abuse.”
The talk is free, and Dr. Rosmarin will be signing books after the public event.
TITLE: Thriving with Anxiety: 9 Tools to Make Your Anxiety Work for You AUTHOR: David H. Rosmarin, PhD
IMPRINT: Harper Horizon
PUB DATE: October 17, 2023
ISBN: 9781400328345 • $28.99 • 352 pages