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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 234

Empowering Parents to Manage Childhood Anxiety

with guest Dr. Stephen Whiteside

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | April 25, 2024 | 39:40 min.

If your child is struggling with anxiety and you’re unsure how to help them, Dr. Stephen Whiteside offers some much needed hope and relief to support your child’s mental health. As a renowned board-certified clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the Mayo Clinic with more than 20 years of hands-on clinical experience, Dr. Whiteside helps empower parents and families to understand and navigate childhood anxiety, using a unique approach that involves working with kids and parents together.

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Dr. Stephen Whiteside

Stephen P. H. Whiteside, Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Mayo Clinic, and Director of the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Program there. With a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky, he’s dedicated to enhancing access to evidence-based care for pediatric anxiety disorders and OCD. Whiteside, the author of “Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Treating Childhood Anxiety and OCD,” has secured research funding from notable institutions like the National Institutes of Health and has published over 80 scientific articles, including co-authored books on exposure therapy.

EPISODE NOTES

Watching your child struggle with anxiety can be heart-wrenching, especially when you’re not sure how to support them. Maybe you’ve tried talking to them, creating routines, and offering reassurance, but you’re still not seeing progress. Dr. Whiteside shares his effective strategies to recognize and address childhood anxiety that you might not have considered yet. His unique approach ensures that both the child and the parent can handle anxiety-inducing situations at home independently.

“We are not getting rid of anxiety, we are lowering it so it’s not problematic and building our confidence that we can handle it and do what we want to do.” – Dr. Stephen Whiteside

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • The signs and symptoms of childhood anxiety to provide better support for your child.
  • Effective treatment options for childhood anxiety and OCD.
  • The benefits of exposure therapy in helping children cope with anxiety.
  • Insights into identifying different anxiety disorders in children to better understand their struggles.
  • Parental guidance on how to support and empower your child through their anxiety.
  • Practical strategies for managing school bullying anxiety to help your child thrive in challenging situations.

 

Listen Now for Expert Advice on Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

 

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