Wellness Mama Podcast Episode with Dr. Roseann

Wellness Mama Podcast Episode with Dr. Roseann
Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

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, 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: 

Can Resilience be Learned? Know from the Wellness Mama Podcast Episode 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 CHAMPTM 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.

How to Support Someone with OCD and Anxiety Using The Champ TechniqueTM

Dr. Roseann's CHAMP TechniqueTM is a great example of an integrative approach to mental health. The CHAMP TechniqueTM 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 TechniqueTM, which stands for:

  1. Calming the central nervous system
  2. Honing in on skills
  3. Autonomy
  4. Mastering coping skills
  5. 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.

Let’s now discuss further the 10 children's mental health topics covered in this Wellness Mama with Katie Wells episode.

#1 Why are We Seeing a Rise in Mental Health Issues in Kids and How Can Parents Help with Mental Health?

Dr. Roseann cites several 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 (Genuis, 2008).

#2 As Parenting and Academic Factors Have Changed a Lot For Our Kids, Can Resilience Be Taught?

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 What Aggravates Anxiety? 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, ADHD, and Resilience Affect 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 (Wan et al., 2018). She recommends testing for the gene mutation and supplementing with methylated forms of folate.

#5 Why are issues on mental health, PANDAS, and PANS 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 and the importance and joining a PANDAS and PANS support group 

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 a much slower onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms and may be triggered by an infection or other autoimmune condition.

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#7 Why do so many kids with these conditions, plus resilience and adaptability 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 and where to find a PANS/PANDAS support group

Dr. Roseann explains that diagnosis is typically based on clinical presentation, medical history, and laboratory tests to rule out other conditions. There is not 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%, especially for kids struggling with anxiety and panic attacks

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 (Arthur, 2007).

#10 Why you should never use essential oil and DEET sprays together when providing OCD support and doing ADHD, resilience, and adversity management 

Dr. Roseann advises against using essential oil and DEET sprays together because the combination can be harmful. 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.

What Support is Available for Adhd, Your Child’s or Teen’s Behavior, and Those Struggling from Anxiety? 

Boy, the world is stressful right now (and it has been for a long time!). Of course, you are worried about your child’s stress level! You want to see them SUCCEED and be confident. Your child may be struggling with focus, stress, mood, behavior, emotions, or social and you aren’t sure what to do about it and you feel STUCK… Well, Dr. Roseann is here to show you how to GET UNSTUCK and cultivate success in small and big ways!

As a licensed therapist and certified psychologist, as well as a special needs mom herself, Dr. Roseann knows what it is like to search for ways to help your child’s attention, learning, and behavior and still see your child struggle. So, if you’ve gone down the Google MD and ineffective medication and therapy rabbit hole, it is time to get support from Dr. Ro who can help you help your child to be focused, calm, and feel good about themselves. 

How to Stop Struggling with Anxiety and Intense Emotions

To alleviate anxiety and intense emotions, consider incorporating relaxation techniques like deep breathing and mindfulness meditation into your daily routine. Identifying and understanding triggers can help you anticipate and manage emotional responses. 

Challenge negative thoughts through cognitive restructuring and establish a stable routine with regular sleep, exercise, and healthy meals. Engage in physical activities you enjoy, maintain a balanced diet, and limit caffeine and alcohol intake. 

Seek support from friends, family, or support groups, and be kind to yourself by practicing self-compassion. If anxiety persists, consider consulting a mental health professional for tailored strategies and support.

What to Do When Struggling with Anxiety

When facing anxiety, employ deep breathing and grounding techniques to calm your nerves, and establish a routine that includes adequate sleep, exercise, and balanced meals for stability. Actively challenge negative thoughts by assessing their basis and reframing them positively. 

Seek support from trusted individuals and limit stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, opting for a nutritious diet. Engage in regular physical activity as it releases endorphins, natural mood enhancers. Practice mindfulness through activities like meditation or yoga to center your thoughts in the present moment. 

If anxiety persists, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for personalized strategies and support tailored to your situation. Remember to be patient and prioritize self-care as you navigate through challenging moments.

Which Therapy is Best For OCD Support and How to Find Support Groups For Families of OCD Sufferers

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), particularly Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), is a recommended therapeutic approach for individuals dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). CBT helps individuals challenge and manage irrational thoughts, while ERP involves exposing individuals to anxiety-inducing situations and preventing associated compulsive behaviors.

To find support groups for families of OCD sufferers, explore online resources such as the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and social media platforms. Local mental health organizations, community centers, churches, and therapists may offer information on local support groups. 

Additionally, reaching out to educational institutions with psychology programs and local branches of mental health advocacy organizations can provide insights into available resources and support groups tailored to families coping with OCD. Connecting with others who share similar experiences can offer valuable support and coping strategies for both individuals with OCD and their families.


Arthur, S. (2007). The effectiveness of Samento, Cumanda, Burbur, and Dr. Lee Cowden’s protocol in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease. Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine, 285, 101–107. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/A162234800/AONE

Genuis, S. J. (2008). Toxic causes of mental illness are overlooked. NeuroToxicology, 29(6), 1147–1149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuro.2008.06.005

Wan, L., Li, Y., Zhang, Z., Sun, Z., He, Y., & Li, R. (2018). Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase and psychiatric diseases. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-018-0276-6

Parent Action Steps

☐ Get insights and practical tips on children's mental health and parenting resilience.
☐ Emphasize CNS calming, skill honing, autonomy, coping mastery, and positive language.
☐ Recognize the importance of an integrative approach to mental health.
☐ Understand the impact of inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances.
☐ Acknowledge the role of the MTHFR gene mutation and consider supplementation. 
☐ Balance academic pressures with play and downtime for resilience and adaptability.
☐ Be mindful of using essential oils and DEET sprays together.
☐ Listen to the webinar about the 3 Natural Solutions for ADHD, Anxiety, and Mood
☐ Get personalized solutions for your child through the Solutions Matcher.

Are you looking for SOLUTIONS for your struggling child or teen? 

Dr. Roseann and her team are all about science-backed solutions, so you are in the right place! 

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147 Therapist-Endorsed Self-Regulation Strategies for Children: A Practical Guide for Parents

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.

If you are a business or organization that needs proactive guidance to support employee mental health or an organization looking for a brand representative, check out Dr. Roseann’s professional speaking page to see how we can work together.

Dr. Roseann is a Children’s Mental Health Expert and Licensed Therapist who has been featured in/on hundreds of media outlets including The Mel Robbins Show, CBS, NBC, PIX11 NYC, Today, FORBES, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Insider, Women’s Day, Healthline, CNET, Parade Magazine and PARENTS. FORBES called her, “A thought leader in children’s mental health.

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She coined the terms, “Re-entry panic syndrome” and “eco-anxiety” and is a frequent contributor to media on mental health. 

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge has three decades of experience in working with children, teens and their families with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, concussion, dyslexia and learning disability, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression and mood disorder, Lyme Disease, and PANS/PANDAS using science-backed natural mental health solutions such as supplements, magnesium, nutrition, QEEG Brain maps, neurofeedback, PEMF, psychotherapy and other non-medication approaches. 

She is the author of three bestselling books, It’s Gonna Be OK!: Proven Ways to Improve Your Child's Mental Health, The Teletherapy Toolkit, and Brain Under Attack. Dr. Roseann is known for offering a message of hope through science-endorsed methods that promote a calm brain. 

Her trademarked BrainBehaviorResetⓇ Program and It’s Gonna be OK!Ⓡ Podcast has been a cornerstone for thousands of parents facing mental health, behavioral or neurodevelopmental challenges.

She is the founder and director of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, Neurotastic™Brain Formulas and Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, LLC. Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner, a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP) 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).

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