Francesca Coltrera

Francesca Coltrera is an award-winning medical writer and co-author of Living Through Breast Cancer and The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan. She is a senior content writer for Harvard Health Publishing and was a frequent contributor to the Special Health Report series. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, SELF, and the Boston Herald, among other venues. She is interested in a wide variety of health topics, including mental health, emotional and physical wellness, women’s health, exercise, longevity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, caregiving, and end-of-life issues.


Posts by Francesca Coltrera

Anxiety in children

Francesca Coltrera

Senior Content Writer, Harvard Health Publishing

Young children may feel worried or fearful from time to time, but more serious anxiety in children can interfere with development. There are a variety of treatment options, and parents can learn strategies to help children manage anxiety.

Anxiety: What it is, what to do

Francesca Coltrera

Senior Content Writer, Harvard Health Publishing

Some anxiety in your life is normal and may be beneficial, but a response to anxiety that is out of proportion to the cause or source can be an indicator of an anxiety disorder. There are a variety of treatments for anxiety, and often the most effective approach is a combination of different methods.