The Anxiety Epidemic with Dr. John Dacey


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Start Date: 09/17/2019, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Lexington Depot
Instructor: John Dacey
Status: Closed


My father used to scold me for my fearfulness: “Why do you give in to your nerves? Why don’t you just relax?” Sound familiar? Most people simply don’t get it: the 40 million of us who live with anxiety disorders in the US can’t “just relax.” As a college professor and psychotherapist, as well as a former patient, I’ve interviewed hundreds of sufferers, and whether they have generalized anxiety, a specific phobia, or any one of the other six types of anxiety, their frustration is the same: “I’m smart enough – why can’t I figure this out?” In the US alone, where the incidence rate used to be about 16 percent, that rate has now risen to 28.7 percent. New research using the Functional MRI, and new understanding of the human brain, including the amygdala, has lead to a new understanding of anxiety and its causes and new insights into the future of anxiety therapy. In this presentation, I will explain the causes of and solutions to “the anxiety epidemic.”

Dr. John Dacey received a B. A. in Social Science from Binghamton University in 1963, an M. A. T. in social science in 1964 and a Ph. D. in developmental and educational psychology in 1966 from Cornell University. He joined the faculty of B. C. that year and still teaches there as Professor Emeritus in the Capstone Program of the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Dacey teaches a course on how authenticity can positively affect human development, He has had a practice as a psychotherapist (licensed in Massachusetts) since 1973. He is the author of 19 books on the subjects of anxiety, creativity and human development, including Your Anxious Child (2 nd Ed.), Why Don’t You Just Relax?, and Your Child’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing. He has received public service awards from Newton, Holliston, Peabody and Roxbury and has been featured in media interviews in The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Today Show, NPR, Parents Magazine, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Korean National Television and more. John