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197: Natural Anxiety Relief in Children and Teens – Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Join us to explore the rise of anxiety in adults and children, and discover natural solutions to alleviate this issue. Early intervention is crucial.

Anxiety has become the number one clinical condition among adults in the United States, even surpassing mood disorders. The sad reality is that it is increasingly common in children, with the average onset age being six, which is why natural solutions for anxiety in children and teens are increasingly relevant in today’s busy world. It is thus imperative to prioritize a child's mental health and seek guidance from a mental health professional to effectively manage anxiety. Join me in this episode as we explore the rise of anxiety in both adults and children and delve into natural solutions that can help alleviate this growing issue. We'll discuss how anxiety manifests in various ways and why addressing these symptoms as early as possible is crucial.

Natural solutions for anxiety in children and adults.

Anxiety arises from various factors beyond genetics and neurotransmitters, including environmental influences and individual experiences. It manifests in different ways, such as anxious avoidance, which can often go unnoticed. Anxious behaviors might show up as resistance to new or familiar things. There are internalizers and externalizers often misdiagnosed with other disorders due to their reactive behaviors. Effective anxiety treatment focuses on calming the reactive brain and improving self-regulation, which is essential for learning and executive functioning. A dysregulated brain struggles to focus, learn, and absorb new information, making it crucial to address these issues early on. Natural methods, such as mindfulness practices and physical exercise, can significantly enhance self-regulation and reduce anxiety symptoms. Take note that recognizing and addressing anxiety in children early can lead to better outcomes and a more regulated, healthy life. Anxiety is often misunderstood as purely a brain dysfunction related to neurotransmitters, rather than as a condition influenced by a stress-activated nervous system, inflammation, and inherited anxious behaviors. This narrow view overlooks the broader factors contributing to anxiety, which can be familial and behavioral. Understanding these broader factors allows for a more comprehensive approach to treating anxiety, addressing both the mind and body. By recognizing the role of environmental stressors and familial patterns, we can implement more effective, holistic strategies for managing and reducing anxiety.

Exploring natural alternatives to SSRIs including supplements, therapy, and coping skills.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly prescribed for anxiety, have significant side effects and limited research supporting their efficacy in children. They are often used off-label, including for conditions like autism, despite evidence showing neuroinflammation in many cases. The good news is that there are natural alternatives available that offer effective relief from anxiety without the risks associated with SSRIs. In addition to supplements like magnesium and curcumin, incorporating anti-inflammatory and detoxifying components into one's diet can further support the management of anxiety. These natural solutions offer a holistic approach to anxiety relief, addressing both the physical and mental aspects of the condition. Dietary changes, such as reducing sugar and processed food intake while increasing consumption of whole foods rich in nutrients, can have a profound impact on anxiety levels. Somatic techniques, including practices like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises, help regulate the nervous system and promote relaxation, complementing the effects of dietary adjustments and natural supplements. Techniques like Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) tapping, neurofeedback, and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy can also help regulate the nervous system. Furthermore, these techniques provide individuals with practical tools to manage stress and reduce anxiety symptoms in their daily lives. By incorporating a combination of natural interventions, individuals can address anxiety from multiple angles, leading to more comprehensive and sustainable relief. Empowering children with problem-solving skills and stress tolerance is essential, as is the consistent application of natural strategies to teach them coping skills for managing anxiety effectively, rather than avoiding it.

Our “Natural Anxiety Relief Kit” offers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to managing anxiety through videos and downloads designed for busy parents. Sign up now: Natural Anxiety Relief Kit

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Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge: Revolutionizing Children’s Mental Health

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge’s podcast, It’s Gonna be OK!™: Science-Backed Solutions for Children’s Behavior and Mental Health, is in the top 2% globally. The podcast empowers parents with natural, science-backed solutions to improve children’s self-regulation and calm their brains. Each episode delivers expert advice and practical strategies, making it indispensable for parents of neurodivergent children or those with behavioral or mental health challenges.

Dr. Roseann, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann, LLC, created the Neurotastic™ Brain Formulas and BrainBehaviorReset® method. With her extensive experience, she provides families with hope and effective strategies to manage conditions like ADHD, anxiety, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS. 

Forbes has called her “A thought leader in children’s mental health,” highlighting her revolutionary impact on mental health education and treatment. Through her podcast and innovative methods, Dr. Roseann continues to transform how we approach, treat and understand children’s mental health.

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