An overwhelming number of young adults experience anxiety and depression. If left untreated they are at increased risk for loneliness, academic struggles, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health or developmental challenges (Pottick, et al., 2008).
Many of us experience some level of anxiety on a daily basis. Anxiety becomes problematic when it begins to interfere with everyday life. Prior to treatment it is not uncommon for a student to have become avoidant of many day-to-day obligations, such as school or work, due to paralyzing anxiety.
Whether it be Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) there are three parts to anxiety that are important for an individual to understand:
- What I think (Cognitions);
- What I feel (Physical Sensations);
- What I do (Behaviors).
According to Mona Treadway, co-owner of Dragonfly Transitions, there is hope and there are a variety of evidenced-based treatments that are proven to reduce anxiety. In our interview, she will highlight the various techniques and successes an individual can learn that will make them stronger and more resilient than they might believe they are capable of experiencing. Through living in a supportive community, such as Dragonfly Transitions, it is helpful to know that one is not alone in being impacted by anxiety..
ABOUT MONA TREADWAY
Mona Treadway has a doctorate in Leadership and Change through Antioch University where her research focused specifically on young adults in treatment. She is also a graduate of Portland State University with a Master’s in Social Work and a graduate of Prescott College with a B.A. in Human Development and Wilderness Leadership. She has worked with a variety of populations, including women survivors of breast cancer and Native Alaskan teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues. Mona has led therapeutic wilderness trips taught college-level outdoor courses and wilderness skills such as rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, glacier travel, and backpacking. Her graduate internships included working at hospice, a drug and alcohol outpatient program and as a counselor at Oregon Institute of Technology. While at OIT she received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Suicide Assessment and Prevention.
Mona loves working with people and is a natural-born therapist with a gift for helping young adults “let go” and accept their situation so they can begin building meaningful lives. Mona has a clear understanding of family dynamics and an ability to help families move from crisis into stability. She particularly loves program development and creates an environment where staff and students alike engage in the process of growth and changesed with ADHD; Heart to Heart: Connecting With Your Child; the upcoming Teen Stress book and HeartMath’s Smart Brain Wise Heart™ program. He is the primary developer of the Early HeartSmarts® learning programs for the classroom and home; TestEdge® Interactive Learning Programs; and Wild Ride to the Heart™ board game.