Dr. Roseann was a podcast guest on one of the top parenting podcasts in the US, Wellness Mama. Dr. Roseann spoke on How to Develop Resilience and Support Kids With ADHD, OCD, LD, or PANS/PANDAS Kids. In this episode, Dr. Roseann dives into children’s mental health and why kids are struggling with anxiety, ADHD, learning and health problems today and what parents can do about it.
Listen to Dr. Roseann’s Wellness Mama episode to learn more about:
- Why we are seeing a rise in mental health issue in kids
- How the pandemic is impacting kid’s mental health
- How we can parent so our kids develop coping skills, resilience and grit
- How can we help our kids be independent and not rely so much on us
- What is the key for lifelong happiness and success for our kids
- How stress impacts children and teens
- Why is school so hard for kids today
- How has parenting changed since we were kids
- Physiological factors that affect kids’ mental health
- How MTHFR affects mental health in children and adults
- Why PANS/PANDAS are on the rise
- Symptoms and signs of PANS/PANDAS/AE
- Is OCD common in kids in PANS/PANDAS
- Why so many kids with these issues get missed or misdiagnosed
- How PANS and PANDAS are diagnosed clinically
- The one thing you can do that reduces your risk of Lyme by 59%
- Why to never use essential oil and DEET sprays together
- What Dr. Roseann’s book, It’s Gonna Be OK!™ is about
- How do we raise successful kids
Wellness Mama Podcast Episide with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
In a recent episode of the Wellness Mama podcast, Katie interviews Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a licensed psychologist, pediatric mental health expert, and author of the book “It's Gonna Be OK! Helping to Reduce Anxiety for Children and Teens.” Dr. Roseann shares her expertise on a variety of topics related to mental health, including the impact of ticks on mental health, the importance of an integrative approach to mental health, and her CHAMP technique for raising successful kids.
One of the most interesting topics covered in the podcast is the impact of ticks on mental health. Dr. Roseann explains that tick-borne illness is much more prevalent than many people realize, and it can cause a range of mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and OCD. She encourages parents to be aware of the symptoms of tick-borne illness and to take steps to prevent tick bites, such as using insect repellent and checking for ticks after spending time outdoors.
Another important topic covered in the podcast is the importance of an integrative approach to mental health. Dr. Roseann explains that mental health is not just a therapy issue, but a holistic issue that involves many factors, including diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. She encourages parents to take an integrative approach to mental health and to use all the tools available to them, including natural treatments like diet and supplements.
The CHAMP Technique TM
Dr. Roseann's CHAMP technique is a great example of an integrative approach to mental health. The CHAMP technique focuses on calming the central nervous system, honing kids' skills, parenting for autonomy, mastering coping skills, and using positive language skills and visualization. This approach helps kids build resilience and develop the skills they need to succeed in all areas of life.
Dr. Roseann has developed a technique called The CHAMP Technique TM, which stands for:
- Calming the central nervous system
- Honing in on skills
- Mastering coping skills
- Positive language and visualization
This approach is designed to help children develop resilience and coping strategies that can help them overcome mental health challenges. It emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded approach to mental health, including not just academics, but also social skills, self-care, and emotional regulation.
10 Children's Mental Health Topics Covered on This Wellness Mama with Katie Wells Episode
#1 Why we are seeing a rise in mental health issues in kids:
Dr. Roseann cites a number of factors that contribute to the rise in mental health issues in children. These include increased academic pressure, lack of autonomy, lack of opportunities for play and downtime, increased use of technology, changes in parenting styles, and changes in diet and nutrition. Additionally, Dr. Roseann points out that environmental factors such as toxins and infections can also impact mental health.
#2 The parenting and academic factors that have changed a lot for our kids:
Dr. Roseann notes that there has been a shift towards increased academic pressure and a focus on achievement at the expense of play and downtime. Additionally, she mentions that parenting styles have changed and become more focused on control, leading to decreased autonomy for children.
#3 Physiological factors that affect kids’ mental health:
Dr. Roseann discusses the impact of physiological factors such as inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and gut health on mental health in children. She emphasizes the importance of addressing these underlying factors in addition to behavioral and emotional symptoms.
#4 How MTHFR affects mental health in children and adults:
Dr. Roseann explains that the MTHFR gene mutation affects the body's ability to metabolize folate, which can impact neurotransmitter production and lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She recommends testing for the gene mutation and supplementing with methylated forms of folate.
#5 Why PANS/PANDAS are on the rise?:
Dr. Roseann attributes the rise in PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) and PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections) to a combination of factors including increased awareness and better diagnostic tools, as well as increased exposure to tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.
#6 Symptoms and signs of PANS/PANDAS/AE:
Dr. Roseann explains that PANS/PANDAS can present with sudden onset of symptoms such as anxiety, OCD, tics, and mood swings, often triggered by an infection such as strep throat or Lyme disease. AE (Autoimmune Encephalitis) can also present with much slower onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms and may be triggered by an infection or other autoimmune condition.
#7 Why so many kids with these issues get missed or misdiagnosed:
Dr. Roseann notes that these conditions can be easily missed or misdiagnosed because they present with neuropsychiatric symptoms rather than physical symptoms. Additionally, some healthcare providers may not be familiar with these conditions or may not believe in the underlying mechanisms.
#8 How PANS and PANDAS are diagnosed clinically:
Dr. Roseann explains that diagnosis is typically based on clinical presentation, medical history, and laboratory tests to rule out other conditions. Thre is no one lab test that diagnoses PANS/PANDAS but lab testing can assist with treatment. She emphasizes the importance of finding a healthcare provider who is familiar with these conditions and can provide appropriate treatment.
#9 The one thing you can do that reduces your risk of Lyme by 59%:
Dr. Roseann recommends showering immediately upon returning from outside. She also notes that checking for ticks regularly, using tick repellent, and wearing protective clothing when spending time outdoors in areas where ticks are prevalent. Additionally, she suggests taking a supplement containing Samento, a plant extract that has been shown to reduce the risk of Lyme disease.
#10 Why to never use essential oil and DEET sprays together:
Dr. Roseann advises against using essential oil and DEET sprays together because the combination can be harmful because essential oils act as a carrier to the brain and potentially cause a reaction. She recommends choosing one or the other and using it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
The Wellness Mama podcast with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is a great resource for parents who want to learn more about mental health and how to help their kids thrive. Dr. Roseann's expertise and practical advice make this episode a must-listen for anyone who cares about the mental health and well-being of their children.
Are you looking for help for your child’s or teen’s behavior?
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You can get her books for parents and professionals, including: It’s Gonna Be OK™: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health, Teletherapy Toolkit™ and Brain Under Attack: A Resource For Parents and Caregivers of Children With PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalopathy.
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Dr. Roseann is a Children’s Mental Health Expert and Therapist who has been featured in/on hundreds of media outlets including, CBS, NBC, FOX News, PIX11 NYC, The New York Times, The Washington Post,, Business Insider, USA Today, CNET, Marth Stewart, and PARENTS. FORBES called her, “A thought leader in children’s mental health.”
She is the founder and director of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge. Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner, a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Certified Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider (CMHIMP) and an Amen Clinic Certified Brain Health Coach. She is also a member of The International Lyme Disease and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The American Psychological Association (APA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to give health advice and it is recommended to consult with a physician before beginning any new wellness regime. *The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, LLC does not guarantee certain results.