In the Media

Dr. Landau has appeared in variouous publications and on numerous television and radio shows, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NBC’s “Today,” Public Radio International’s “Marketplace,” National Public Radio (NPR), the BBC and many nationally syndicated and major market programs. She frequently serves on expert panels on student mental health, depression, anxiety and women’s health for national publications and health websites. Her videos on dieting are now being distributed by ContentMedia Health.

For media requests and appearances please email Dr. Landau.

Below is a sampling of Dr. Landau’s contributions to various media outlets:

Your Teen Magazine for Parents

The Boston Globe

To The Editor:

Re “Reentry Plan” (The Boston Globe, March 19, 2021)

Kara Baskin’s article ”Reentry plan,” (Comfort Zone, March 19) emphasizes the importance of monitoring teenagers’ depression and suicidal thoughts as we all return to work and school. An additional prevalent problem is that of social anxiety. Many teenagers are worried about the major readjustment that the resumption of school entails. However, for those who suffer from social anxiety disorder (11 percent of females and 7 percent of males), interacting with other students creates massive irrational anxiety that interferes with their functioning. These students are extremely fearful of negative evaluation and humiliation. They often slip into avoidance and restricted activities, all to reduce or avoid anxiety, but these behaviors make matters worse.

In my practice I have seen students who were, in contrast to many others, quite relieved to be taking classes virtually because they could avoid many of their social fears. Virtual learning created some anxiety but was quickly reduced when a class was over, and thus a year-long pattern of avoidance was created. Their return to school is likely to be accompanied by a spike in anxiety that impairs relationships and the educational process

Parents and teachers can help these students by understanding that this disorder is more than shyness. Rather than minimizing a teen’s fears, even as an attempt at reassurance, it is important to validate those feelings. Rehearsing reentry — with exposure to other students, controlled breathing, and a focus on coping strategies — can prevent or mitigate social anxiety. In addition, cognitive behavior therapy and, possibly, medication can provide effective treatment.

Carol Landau
Providence, RI

To the Editor:

Finding meaning and purpose can be a way through existential crisis.

Laura Krantz and Deirdre Fernandes’s article “Colleges alert to emotional toll of pandemic” (Page A1, Aug. 21) highlights the enormous psychological damage that the coronavirus has inflicted on college students. The situation should not surprise us, since we know that extreme stress can precipitate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In addition to these symptoms, however, our young people are also facing an existential crisis. They are concerned about climate change, racial injustice, and the future. Many of them have been laser focused on applying to college, only to find that all aspects of their college experience have become uncertain. If trends continue, many of them will be sent home and may not have access to college mental health services.

The solution to an existential crisis is the restoration of meaning. Two years of national public service could provide young people with a sense of purpose and increased self-efficacy and would help rebuild the country from the devastation of the pandemic. Young people could participate, for example, in education, rebuilding infrastructure, and child care. In turn, the service would then provide financial support for college or advanced training programs. Everyone wins. We will need to develop these types of creative solutions if we are to recover from this national trauma.

Carol Landau
Providence, RI

The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Michelle Obama Says She Is Dealing With ‘Low-Grade Depression’” (nytimes.com, Aug. 6):

Michelle Obama has performed a tremendous public service by using the word “depression” to describe her mood state. She validates what so many Americans are feeling as a result of the racial crisis, the pandemic and the resulting quarantine and financial devastation. Her words are especially validating for women, who suffer from depression twice as often as men, and for women of color, who may be struggling with front-line jobs and poverty.

Mrs. Obama’s comments and the strong support she received also highlight yet another change we need to make to American public health policy as soon as possible: greater access to mental health services. It is axiomatic among health care professionals that children’s mental health is directly related to the mental health of their parents, especially their mothers.

Our families are in crisis in every domain. How long will we have to wait for adequate responses from the federal government?

Carol Landau
Providence, RI

Other Publications

 

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