Transition to Adulthood

 

In recent years the lives of people from age 16 to 28 have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed called “emerging adulthood,” which differs greatly from both the adolescence that came before it and the adulthood that follows.  This new phase of life comes with a great deal of demands and expectations and with them comes significant anxiety. The needs of older teens and young adults with anxiety disorders have not been fully understood and their treatment needs have been underappreciated. Anxious emerging adults differ substantially from anxious children and anxious adults. The most striking differences lie in the potential impact of avoidant behaviors (a key coping strategy associated with anxiety) on academic, professional, and social functioning during a critical developmental period – the transition to an independent adulthood.

The experts at the Youth Anxiety Center are committed to finding a better understanding of anxiety disorders as they develop over time, especially through adolescence into adulthood, and to develop innovative treatment strategies to address the needs of this special population of anxious youth. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE YOUTH ANXIETY CENTER.

 

Providers Who Specialize in the Transition to Adulthood

Shannon Bennett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Angela Chiu, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Avital Falk, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Kimberly Grocher, LCSW
Staff Associate in Psychiatry

Annie Li, MD
Assistant Attending Psychiatrist

Akshay Lohitsa, MD
Assistant Attending Psychiatrist

Justin Mohatt, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Donald Nathanson, LCSW
Staff Associate in Psychiatry

Khadijah Watkins, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry